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TSA to fine travelers up to $1,500 for flouting mask rule

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Transportation Security Administration is enacting a fine ranging from $250 for the first offense and up to $1,500 for repeat offenses for those who refuse to wear a face mask in a U.S. airport. The Transportation Security Administration received authorization last Sunday to enact fines.

But that’s just the beginning. The agency may seek amounts higher than the suggested ranges, based on “substantial aggravating or mitigating factors,” the agency wrote. In other words, the fine for not wearing a mask could be many times the value of the ticket for a flight.

As of Feb. 1, the Biden Administration has ordered travelers to wear face masks while in airports, bus stations, and rail depots, as well as while they are passengers on aircraft, public transportation, buses, railroad cars, and while at other transportation hubs.

Last week, TSA began requiring masks at airport screening checkpoints, a requirement that will remain in place until May 11, unless extended by the Biden Administration.

“Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport. Failure to comply with the mask requirement can result in civil penalties,” TSA wrote.

“Whether beginning the security screening process at the airport Travel Document Checker (TDC) or submitting checked baggage for screening, all passengers who appear to be over the age of 2 must properly wear a face mask throughout the security screening process. The officer at the TDC will request that travelers temporarily lower the mask to verify their identity. Those who approach the TDC without a mask will be asked to wear or obtain one to proceed. Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the secure area of the airport, which includes the terminal and gate area. Depending on the circumstance, those who refuse to wear a mask may be subject to a civil penalty for attempting to circumvent screening requirements, interfering with screening personnel, or a combination of those offenses,” TSA wrote.

Face shields are not acceptable, TSA says: “Face masks should cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides without gaps. Masks can be either manufactured or homemade and should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures. While medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill CDC and TSA’s requirements, face shields and/or goggles are not an acceptable substitute for the use of a mask; however, they may be used in addition to an acceptable mask.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • So when they ask us to remove our masks for identification at the checkpoint, does that count?

    • Time for a good COUGH, clear out the cobwebs from the old pipes. “Ever so sorry about that sir, this bloody mask plays havoc with my oxygen starved respiratory system. Shall I pop it back on now?”

      • Funny of you to mention that. On a flight, I inhaled mask fibers from a mask and went into an extreme coughing fit. The flight attendants kept telling me to put the mask back on as I tried to show them the fibers coming out and begging for a drink of water while I tried t catch my breath (I felt very lightheaded at one point). It finally passed and they gave me a new discount mask.

        • We are rolling on the floor over this one AK. So………your mask started losing fibers after you drug it by your left heel all the way to the airport and felt lightheaded and needed water. Yessir, wearing a mask does seem like giving up a kidney to some on here. Heheh! You should do “stand-up.”

          • I’m sure you neither notice nor care, but most available masks are fabricated in third world countries to no standards. They are not medical grade and do not perform as such, providing little protection to either the wearer or public. And yes, many commonly disintegrate. Get your jollies from other peoples’ distress, that’s what progressives do.

          • The empathy of progressives is non-existent.

  • We have come a long way from searching carry on luggage for finger nail clippers and tubes of toothpaste, and the days when if you would have worn a mask you surely would have been stopped and had to remove it along with your shirt and shoes. Now we are having to wear a mask….

    • And all the cruel buckle your seatbelt requirements, the idiotic safety “lectures” before the flight, and the surely unconstitutional requirement of not using the restroom during aircraft landing. Time to shut it all down and walk.

      • I know Tom, what a crazy world it would be if we just let people make up their own minds and the scared ones could stay at home?

    • The unborn future generations will see the history here and say American Governnent officials at that time increased their control In The Name of Safety, without the use of revolutions and wars. The controllers came in to take a peoples freedoms away little by little by scary us of death. The old age shackle Bondaging us in our own fears.

      • Future generations will never know we used to be free. The winners write history. And erase it

  • What are they going to do about the flight attendants to take their masks off to shoot the breeze?

    • Imagine what would happen if Alaska state legislators were persuaded to pass legislation to prohibit TSA from levying or enforcing fearmask fines on State airport property such as Ted Stevens Airport.
      .
      … or if Alaska’s congressional delegation were persuaded to sponsor legislation to prohibit TSA from levying or enforcing fearmask fines on any airport property.
      .
      Could happen…

      • Uh…TSAIA…Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport…State legislators going against the feds….ROFL!

        • Scared of their own shadows.. and bought off by anyone else. Between the cowardice and corruption I doubt you’ll see much of anything remotely standing up for America, let alone Alaska, out of the legislature..

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  • It really is time to reign all this nonsense in.

  • Well hopefully I still have no need flying. I dont expect to be flying anytime anyway. Hopefully my car doesn’t go kaput making me take the dang communist bus!
    That’s a good way to ground All non essential flying travel. Besides. After last year’s lockdowns we all should be too broke for non essential travel anyway. Hahahaha

    • No passenger ships from southcentral Alaska to the rest of Earth, and driving through Canada? Good luck. Ottawa makes Washington DC look conservative.

    • Jen, they’re coming for your car next. AlGore (ManBearPig) calls private car ownership the greatest threat to Gaia.

  • Papers, please. It’s coming next.

    Don’t blame Biden, blame yourselves. There was no real pushback to TSA when the fool Bush 43 put it in place. Where do you think Washington figured out just how compliant we would be if “scared”?

    More, there was no real pushback against these overreaching mask mandates, shutdowns, ect. Then you voted for a senile old man because Orange man was “mean”. Senile old man telegraphed this move during the campaign. He told you he was about job destruction and crushing civil liberties.

    And you voted for him anyway.

    You got what you wanted America. Choke on it.

    • I agree totally. I am amazed at how fast this agenda is moving across America…and I am sad.

    • Masked Avenger, good comment, however I do take exception to one point. Any rule, law, amendment , orders or whatever nonsense the tyrants are using this week is still subject to a constitutional test. Meaning that it cannot violate your rights or any part of the Constitution. So, even if Biden won the election his silly orders are subject to the above, at issue is what are we going ing to do about it.

  • And that means I am not flying anywhere anymore. The world is devolving into a morass of BS I cannot even grasp the worth of, while the actions the governments are taking are destroying lives and saving not one person. Anybody with a brain lives their lives, aware that their life will someday end. It is just a shame so many are still walking around while their lives have been taken from them.

  • The new Burka is increasing in its power and conformity. This will never end.

    • Don’t forget to wear your Chinese diapers, you fools!

  • Well at least you left a comment. That’s something, right?

  • All those COVID-19 molecules you just breathed on your mask – please reach out and touch your contaminated mask with your hand to pull your mask down to verify your identity. Now touch that mask again to re-secure it after your identify is verified. Now touch your ID and Wallet. Now touch your carry-on. Now touch the plastic tubs that everyone else is touching. Now sit down and put your shoes on, touching the bench beside security. Now go touch your contaminated credit card in your contaminated wallet to get a cup of coffee. Now touch your overhead bin. Now touch your seatbelt, your tray table, your phone, your devices. Now touch your mask again to pull it down to eat and drink.

    • Yes it’s SOOOOO Stupid, Wearing a mask ?
      Get a life people

      • Proud Alaskan, your concise comment is so illustrative of what happens when a person runs out of reasoned argument. Attack the speaker.
        I cannot rebut nor consider your argument because you…well, you made none. You simply called someone a name. I hope you do better next time.

        • Sadly, this forum now garners enough attention to attract the lowlife trolls only trying to stir trouble. Attack is their modus when there is no logic.

  • Only 3 years, 8 months, 30 days until you have an opportunity to vote for a different president. Can’t imagine how many more presidential executive orders “Old Joe” will sign. We can only hope that the pandemic and its restrictions are over by then and real presidential debates will be conducted early and often.

  • While I appreciate most of the comments, especially the ones about, “This is too much!” I am in the Ted Stevens airport at least twice a week. I enter the TSA line with NO mask. Without fail, the person in charge of observing my boarding pass, ID, and me, asks me to remove the mask that does NOT exist. It is in my pocket for flying. Then I proceed through without a mask, never asked to put one on. I walk the entire concourse and finally don one upon lining up for boarding.
    Listen – I am practically the ONLY one I have observed who does not wear a mask this entire 40 minute period. (This does not apply to you if you have shown your face, you defiant cuss, you!)
    THUS, no more bravado in the comment section about this bridge too far if you have been complying at every opportunity with your mask. Don’t you see? You have signalled your approval to all daily at Freddy’s, Carrs, restaurants, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Of course, our handlers know it’s an easy step to make it mandatory.
    Our assembly is voting for that very thing on Tuesday so they can now fine you if they see your nose (literally) ANYwhere in public.
    And since you have already complied at the recycling place (because you fear offending someone or some other unreasonable rot), you have unintentionally told ALL around you that you believe in this draconian control experiment.
    I write this to encourage you. It is easy to “defy” it now. Did you do it? When you are faced with paying money to a paid (by you) goon because you showed your nose or “gasp!” your face, will you reflect how you did your part to fight it early? Or just complain behind your cloth?

    • Bravo!

  • Question for the congressional delegation:

    Aren’t fines specified in federal law? Meaning some act of congress and signature of a president is necessary to put this into place. Additionally, mandating the use of a medical device without a medical license is a federal felony. Why will this stand?

    Cheers –

    • I am hoping someone begins a suit with anyone sponsoring our Assembly’s AO 2021-13 mandating masks everywhere with the force of law behind it.
      They vote on it Tuesday.
      For those on the south side thinking you’re represented, think again. Not only are your assembly members supporting, but Weddleton and LaFrance are sponsoring!

  • Thank you, JOE! I rest my case!

  • The sad part is that these ‘mask mandaters” never have to face the public. They continue the mandate in closed meetings and never have to face anyone. They leave the dirty work for the front line employees of businesses. I wear a mask because I don’t want the employees, many of whom I know, to get in trouble or the business owner to be fined or shut down. This is how they will continue the tyranny, along with “new strains.”

  • I really wish people would just have the courage to take off these damn masks and refuse to wear them. If everyone refused, we could get our power back. I won’t wear them. I go shopping at Carrs. I go all over town. No one has said anything yet. People stare at me. Some in disgust. Some with a thumbs up. If they ask me to leave, I will. Don’t comply with this tyranny.

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