Mask violations: TSA issued hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued more than $640,000 in proposed fines to passengers who did not comply with mask mandates.
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, between Feb. 2, 2021, and March 7, 2022, 922 people were fined for causing security incidents related to the face mask directives. The agency issued 2,709 warnings.
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Of those incidents, the majority – 88% – were onboard an aircraft and on the airport premises.
"Similarly, 88% of TSA’s enforcement actions for passengers who refused to wear a face mask were also for incidents onboard aircraft. Of the 3,631 enforcement actions taken by TSA, 75% (2,709) were warning notices while 25% (922) were civil penalty assessments," the GAO said.