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Archive for March 18th, 2022

TSA, Hammered by COVID-19 Infections, Issued 922 Fines for Face Mask Violations During Pandemic

By Steve Neavling

The TSA issued 922 fines totaling more than $644,000 for face mask violations on airplanes, airports and surface transportation since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a General Accounting Office report.

In all, the TSA investigated 3,815 incidents of alleged face mask violations between February 2021 and March 7, 2022. The agency issued 2,709 warning notices and took no action in 180 of the incidents. 

The average fine was $634. 

The TSA issued a mask mandate beginning in February 2021. 

No federal agency was more impacted by COVID-19 infections than the TSA. 

A total of 22,354 TSA employees tested positive for COVID-19, and 36 have died, according to TSA data.

Utah Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison After Shooting at FBI Agent, Sheriff’s Deputy And Fleeing Jail

Cecil Vijil. Photo: FBI

By Steve Neavling

A Utah man who fired a gun at an FBI agent and sheriff’s deputy and later escaped from jail was sentenced to nine years in prison. 

Cecil Vijil, 39, of Aneth, fired several rounds at an FBI special agent and San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy when they went to his home as part of a separate investigation on April 30, 2020. No one was injured. 

Vijil was convicted of assault on a federal officer and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

He also was convicted of escaping from federal custody after scaling two fences at Cache County Jail and running into a field in March 2021. Police quickly captured him.