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TSA Extends Mask Mandate on Public Transport through Mid-September

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The Transportation Security Administration is extending its masking requirement for all passengers on public transportation until mid-September, the agency announced on Friday.

The agency “is extending the face mask requirement across all transportation modes [through] Sept. 13, 2021,” according to TSA Pacific’s Twitter account. “This includes at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems.”

The requirement was initially enacted on February 1 and set to expire on May 11. Airlines have generally required that passengers wear masks since mid-2020.

“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” Darby LaJoye, the TSA’s Executive Assistant Administrator for Security Operations, said in a statement.

Children under the age of 2 as well as people with certain disabilities are exempt from the mandate.

Violators of the mandate are currently subject to a $250 fine, with fines increasing up to $1,500 for repeat offenders.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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