The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed more than 900 civil penalty fines and 2,700 warning notices against maskless passengers since February 2021, a government report issued March 14 said.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late on March 10 said some 98 percent of the U.S. population live in locations where COVID-19 levels are low enough that people do not need to wear masks indoors.
President Joe Biden’s administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and in transit hubs through April 18 as public health authorities review when mask requirements should be dropped, an administration official told Reuters.
The Biden administration said on April 30 it is extending face mask requirements across all U.S. transportation networks through Sept. 13 to address the spread of Covid-19.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 500 million fewer people at U.S. airport checkpoints in 2020, down 61% versus 2019, as air travel slowed sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration screened 1.047 million passengers on Nov. 22, the highest number since mid-March 2020.