By: LEILA ROCHA
An executive order from President Biden results in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) making a requirement to wear COVID face masks. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) will be one of the federal agencies enforcing this requirement. People in public airports and airplanes have to wear masks. If you do not, TSA workers will be able to deny your entry and board. You may also be asked to wear a mask. But the biggest consequence to not following the new rule is a civil penalty or a fine. The mask-wearing rule will not apply to kids under age 2 or people with disabilities who are unable to wear the masks.
Darby LaJoye, TSA senior official, said, “ This will help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and encourage a unified government response” regarding the mask requirement. She also said, “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.” David Pokoske, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, was the one to sign the Determination of National Emergency. This “includes supporting the CDC in the enforcement of any orders or other requirements necessary to protect the transportation system,” Pekoske wrote.
So make sure that next time you visit a public airport wear a mask unless you want to pay the consequences; it can be up to a $1500 fine. This should be an easy task considering that by wearing a mask you are protecting yourself and others from a highly contagious virus.