If You’re Staring, Maskless, at a Fine from The TSA, Keep Staring

Just about the time you give up on your fellow citizens as a bunch of statist wimps, along comes news like this:

Only two people have agreed to pay fines to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) among more than 2,400 incidents of noncompliance since a federal mask mandate took effect this year…

The agency issued more than 1,690 warning notices and referred 38 matters for civil penalties. Only two individuals did not challenge their fines of $250 each…

“One explanation could be that the people who already violated it to start with are people who feel very strongly to begin with and don’t think the federal government could even mandate something like that. They do it partially as a protest, so it’s not surprising they haven’t paid the fine,” said Retsef Levi, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management specializing in risk management and analytics. 

Such incidents could very well persist as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials say masks are increasingly needed again, even for those who are fully vaccinated.

Oh, let’s hope they do! Go, rebels!

Meanwhile, “Gretchen Chapman, a professor in social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University” (what sort of worthless, made-up field is that?)

suggested other ways for TSA to collect fines,

Ha! As if those thieves need any help.

like a disclaimer when a traveler purchases a ticket that their credit card could be charged if they do not comply with mask mandates or charging ticket purchasers an extra $50 that is removed if you comply with mandates. 

“They don’t want to collect people’s money…”

Ol’ Gretch opined, proving beyond the shadow of any doubt her utter imbecility. Government as a whole and bureaucracies specifically always want “to collect people’s money.” Bonus points if they can bankrupt the victim in the process.

“…they want people to wear masks. But those two things are linked. There’s no sense in having a rule that you have to do this and if you don’t do it, you have to pay a fine, and no one actually pays the fine,” she said.

This is why Gretch is an academic instead of something useful. And to think our taxes support her as she spins her treacherous webs! 

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7:30 pm on July 28, 2021

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