Biden Executive Order Gives TSA Authority To FINE Anyone Not “Properly” Wearing A Mask On Public Transportation

The Biden regime’s assault on America continues to intensify after another executive order from the former Vice President. This time, it’s a strict mask mandate on public transportation.

After the order went into effect on Tuesday, the Biden regime gave the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sweeping power to enforce it.

The TSA is now authorized to prohibit travelers from boarding planes and other forms of transportation who they deem to be insufficiently compliant. Yes, they can even fine you.

According to the TSA:

Depending on the circumstance, those who refuse 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 guards will graciously allow passengers to lower the masks briefly but only to identify themselves.

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Biden’s decree is further evidence that the one-party state under Democrat control will resemble that of a third-world banana republic as well as a dystopian police state in which government agencies will be weaponized.

The TSA announced the fines and enforcement of Biden’s order in an official press release:

Starting on February 2, 2021, TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until May 11, 2021.

“TSA will fully comply with the President’s Executive Orders, CDC guidance and the DHS National Emergency determination to ensure healthy and secure travel across all transportation sectors. This will help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and encourage a unified government response,” said Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator. “As we continue to experience impacts from this pandemic, we are committed to this measure as the right thing to do for the TSA workforce, for our industry stakeholders and for passengers.”

The federal face mask requirement extends to the nation’s domestic network of airports; passengers and crewmembers flying aboard airplanes operated by domestic and foreign air carriers with inbound flights to U.S. ports of entry; and surface transportation modes, such as passenger rail, bus systems, and over-the-road bus companies. Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport. Failure to comply with the mask requirement can result in civil penalties.

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.

According to the CDC Order, 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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The massive government agency tasked with securing the nation’s transportation systems after 9/11 has in the past been dogged by scandals including sexual assault, physical assault, theft, and assorted other abuses of power so what could possibly go wrong.

The constitutionality of the forced mask mandate remains a major question and as of yet, has not been subjected to review by the courts which have been missing in action during the COVID hysteria.

The TSA’s requirement will last until May 11, 2021, but that will surely be extended just like 15 days to stop the spread and two weeks to flatten the curve have been.

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