TSA extends Biden’s federal mask mandate for transportation through mid-September

President Joe Biden has made it clear that he is a devout believer in the use of face masks as a precaution against COVID-19, as his administration has mandated masking where it has the authority to do so and strongly urged masking everywhere else.

One of those mandatory mask mandates — on commercial and public transportation — has just been extended through mid-September, Breitbart reported.

The move was announced Friday on Twitter by Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has federal jurisdiction over most forms of commercial and public transit across the nation.

[email protected] is extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation modes throughout the U.S., including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on public buses and on commuter bus and rail systems. That date is now extended from May 11 to Sept. 13. mask-up!” Farbstein tweeted.

Order extended to mid-September

The TSA extension of the mask mandate appears to be related to an executive order issued by President Biden on his first full day in office which decreed that masks must be worn by all people at all times during domestic and international travel.

That order tasked the TSA, among other relevant federal agencies, to implement and enforce compliance with the mandate in all “airports; commercial aircraft; trains; public maritime vessels, including ferries; intercity bus services; and all forms of public transportation.”

The order was further deemed applicable to both domestic and international travel, whether by air, land, or sea.

Financial penalties for noncompliance

According to The Washington Post, the TSA pointed to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the basis for the extension of the mask mandate until Sept. 13, as the initially ordered mandate was set to expire on May 11.

“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” senior TSA official Darby LaJoye said in a statement. “About half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic.”

There are very few exceptions to the mandate, namely children under two and those with certain disabilities. On all others the mandate can be enforced with penalties for noncompliance, including an initial fine of $250 and fine of $1,500 for repeat offenders, as well as removal from the particular mode of transportation.

Union cheers extension

Breitbart noted that the labor union representing commercial air flight attendants, the Association of Flight Attendants, had lobbied the Biden administration for an extension to the mask mandate. The Post noted that the flight attendants wanted the backstop of the federal mandate to aid in their own enforcement of mask-wearing requirements.

“We’ve made tremendous efforts to get the pandemic under control, but we’re not quite there yet,” said Sara Nelson, international president of the AFA-CWA. “Continuing the TSA enforcement directive for the mask mandate will keep passengers and aviation workers safe.”

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19 Responses

  1. How are we supposed to be getting it under control and he’s letting illegal immigrants in with Cove it 19

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  3. This is pure s**t! September 13th will come and then there will be an extension through January, 2022 because of the upcoming holiday season. It’s a pure power grab to keep the people from their freedoms which are unalienable rights. Revolt, people! Civil disobedience against a corrupt government is not a crime.

    1. Chuck is right, it’ll go on as long as we give in, it’s control over us. Not about health, never was. No more about health than Hillarycare & Obamacare were. Nothing they do is for our well being, that went out the window on Jan. 20th. It’s a Communist takeover by a hidden leader or leaders giving a senile person words/commands to read us……keep your guns, that is the reason for the 2nd Amendment, not hunting.

    2. I couldn’t agree with you more Chuck. They’ve sent us so many mixed signals from Fauci and the Democrats and now Dictator Joe Biden since this so called pandemic started I don’t believe any of them. I gave up wearing a mask unless I have to and I am NOT getting the vaccine

    3. Couldn’t agree more. Especially masks, they do not stop any and ir born virus. The only mask that will work is an airfed respirator.

  4. simply another POWER GRAB to keep the Sheeple ‘UNDER CONTROL”
    I have news for you Sleazy Joe, People are waking up!

  5. That is what I would do. Screw the Airways and the Buses. No riders, no fares, no problem for people. The same businesses that are going to go out of business… that is it. Nobody cares. Either put an end to this Control and Lock Down or your going to be in more trouble than ever.

  6. The Bidens ,Clintons, Obamas, and on and on with Soros and the Rothchilds are behind all this sinister evil . We thought we had a supreme court look at them they are owned as well as Congress. This has been going on for along time. They want us to have that vaccine and the illegals, terroists and others running amock just another kill shot. This is a nightmare, we need to do something about this and the 35% to 40% that refuse to wake up you are going down dummmies you are seriously brainwashed, by the leaders you believe in…

  7. They will never stop! With all the illegals bringing that and so many other diseases in, they will go on and on as long as we let them. Still hope someone has that picture of the famous 4 (NOT) in China before we were made aware of the virus. OH and for a laugh, Gates says we are over populated! SOO get your buds to STOP ALL THE ILLEGALS!

  8. The Biden Harris administration has been a disaster from day 1. There bad decisions have put this country on a path to destruction . If we don’t get rid of Joe and his in competent crew ,this country is going down. His leadership has been the worst of any presidency in history. Biden himself is a law breaker that thinks our laws do not pertain to him or his family. He and other democrats have thumbed there noses at american laws for many years with the protection of the democratic party with no regard for American laws and values. Many of them should go to jail. There actions are without any morals set forth to laws that govern our great nation. It’s way past time to push back on the swamp. We need common sense leaders to put our country back on track for the nation to recover from the harm Joe and his democrat outlaws have tried there best to inforce on the country.

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