TSA doubles fines for federal mask mandate violators

For passengers who refuse to wear masks on commercial airplanes and other public transportation in violation of a federal mandate, fines will be doubled, the Transportation Security Agency announced on Thursday. 

The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, will be $500-$1,000 for first offenders and $1,000-$3,000 for second offenders, the Homeland Security Department said in a press release . The announcement came hours after President Joe Biden said the TSA would double fines against violators and urged people to "show some respect."

“Wearing a mask protects the traveling public and all of the personnel who make the travel experience safe, secure, and comfortable,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “We will continue to enforce the mask mandate as long as necessary to protect public health and safety.”