NATIONWIDE — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it will be extending face mask requirements for individuals across all transportation networks in the United States, including airports, commercial aircraft, buses, and all commuter bus and rail systems. This extension will be in effect through September 13.
TSA originally announced that its face mask requirement, which went into effect on February 1, would have an expiration date of May 11.
“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” said Darby LaJoye, senior official performing the duties of the TSA administrator.
The extension is consistent with the most recent face mask guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency recently announced that fully vaccinated travelers with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized vaccine card can travel within the U.S., but CDC guidelines will still require individuals to wear face masks, remain socially distanced, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
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While the announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other guidelines pertaining to the directive remain unchanged.
Exemptions to these requirements include travelers under the age of 2-years-old and those with certain disabilities.
The civil penalty for violating these guidelines will also remain in place, which starts with a $250 penalty up to $1,500 for repeat offenders.
Travelers with questions regarding airport security screening procedures are asked to send a message via Facebook or Twitter to @AskTSA for live assistance from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. EST on weekdays or 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. EST on weekends and holidays.
Individuals who require screening assistance due to a disability, medical condition or other special circumstance may contact TSA Cares at least 72 hours in advance of their flight by calling (855) 787-2227.
For more information on current procedures and guidance, visit tsa.gov/coronavirus.
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