TSA doubles fines for people who refuse to wear masks.
Passengers who refuse to comply with a federal mandate that requires them to wear masks in airports and planes will now face stiffer penalties.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it is doubling fines for travellers who do not follow a federal mask mandate for air, bus and other forms of transportation.
The penalty for refusing to wear a mask will now result in a $500 to $1,000 fine for first offenders. Penalties for a second offense will range from $1,000 to $3,000.
“TSA will double the fines on travelers that refuse to mask,” President Biden said Thursday. “If you break the rules, be prepared to pay.”
“And by the way, show some respect,” the President said, following a surge of cases of violent behaviour toward flight attendants. “It’s wrong. It’s ugly.”
Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has spoken out of the fear flight attendants are experiencing when on the job.
“We’re concerned every single day when we go to work and put that uniform on, are we the target and going to be punched in the face today,” Nelson said.
US Air Marshals are now reportedly offering self-defence classes for flight attendants in response to the uptick in flight incidents.