Indy Airport Reminds Travelers that Federal Mask Mandate Extended to September 2021
TSA has extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2021) -- 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 Sept. 13.
TSA’s initial mask requirement that went into effect on February 1 was set to expire today. In an April 30 news release, TSA announced the extension of the federal mask mandate.
While this announcement extends the date of enforcement, all other aspects of the requirement remain unchanged, including exemptions and civil penalties. Exemptionsto the face mask requirement for travelers under the age of 2 years old and those with certain disabilities will continue. The existing civil penalty fine structure will also remain in place which starts at $250 and rises to $1,500 for repeat offenders who violate this face mask requirement.
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.