Department of Homeland Security to Increase Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Mask Requirements

On September 10, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate at public transportation facilities, including the Rochester Transportation Center and Expressway Transportation Center and all BCTA buses. The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022.

The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, September 10, 2021, will be $500 – $1000 for first offenders and $1000 – $3000 for second offenders.