The Transportation Security Administration has extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through Jan. 18, 2022.
The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, was set to expire today. TSA announced on Aug. 20 it will further extend the mask mandate into January 2022.
Exemptions to the face mask requirement for travelers under the age of 2 years old and those with certain disabilities will continue. TSA announced on Sept. 9 an increase to the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate. The new range of penalties will be $500 – $1,000 for first offenders and $1,000 – $3,000 for second offenders. These federal mask mandate-related civil penalties are separate from the civil penalties the Federal Aviation Administration issues for individuals who engage in unruly and unsafe behavior.
The TSA screening officer at the travel document checker station will request that travelers temporarily lower their face mask to verify their identity. Those who approach the TDC without a face mask will be asked to obtain one to proceed. Passengers who refuse to wear a face mask will not be permitted to enter the secure area of the airport, which includes the terminal and gate area. Complimentary masks are available at the airport’s Guest Services desk.
To learn more about the Indy airport’s response to ensure traveler safety, and for more airport travel tips for the current environment, visit IND.com/COVID19.