Coronavirus: TSA to fine mask violators $250, up to $1,500 for repeat offenders

Travelers who violate the federal face mask requirement could be subject to a $250 fine and substantially more for repeat offenses, the Transportation Security Administration said.

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Repeat offenders could be fined up to $1,500 or more, the agency said on Friday.

“Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA may seek a sanction amount that falls outside these ranges,” officials said.

Travelers on airplanes and public transportation like buses and subways are required to wear face masks in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the mask wearing rule Jan. 29. It went into effect Monday.

Airlines already require face masks and have banned 2,000 passengers who have refused to wear one.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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