Delta Wants to Create Unified “No-Fly” List for Problematic Passengers

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Delta Wants to Create Unified "No-Fly" List

Delta Wants to Create Unified “No-Fly” List for Problematic Passengers

Unruly passengers have become a big problem for the FAA and airlines. Incidents spiked last year during the pandemic and have continued to be an issue in 2021. Some of those incidents that involve violent passengers, usually end up with big fines and an airline ban.

But being banned from an airline is not the end of the world, unless that’s the only airline that serves an airport near you. Not Delta wants other airlines to join in and create a national “no-fly” list. That would make the ban much more effective.

“A list of banned customers doesn’t work as well if that customer can fly with another airline,” Kristen Manion Taylor, Delta’s senior vice president of in-flight service said in a memo sent to flight attendants. The memo did not include any criteria for this list.

Delta already has 1,600 passengers on its own “no-fly” list, CNBC reports.

This national “no-fly” list for unrully passengers would be different from the longstanding government No-Fly List, which was created for terrorism purposes and is maintained by the F.B.I..

The Federal Aviation Administration has already received 4,385 reports of unruly passengers this year, more than ten times compared to pre-pandemic numbers. About three-quarters of them are related to travelers who refused to comply with the federal mask mandate.

The FAA earlier this year issued a zero tolerance policy for these incidents. That move has helped cut incidents in half since then, but it still remains very high. During a House hearing on Thursday, Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants union, said that “if we continue at this rate, there may be more incidents in 2021 than in the entire history of aviation.”

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  1. It would be great to be assured that the airlines are working together to make sure that people who can’t control themselves are taken out of the mix across the board. Flying is a privilege, not a right.

    • who decides who gets on the list?
      Is there recourse if youve been put on it incorrectly?
      Seems like a great idea to band together to prohibit someone from air travel, after all if you dont like the rules of the subsidized airlines you can always build your own plane and fly

  2. Let’s say COVID and masks are behind us. Just go with it.

    At that point, what does an airline do with a disruptive passenger? What does an airline do with a passenger who can’t handle a 10-hour flight without a cigarette? What does an airline do with a person who refuses to get back in his seat DURING takeoff? What does an airline do with a person who breaches security at a gate and becomes violent?

    An airline has a right to not contract with someone.

  3. dumb. just ditch the pointless masks and it all goes away.

    solve the problem, not add to bureaucracy.

    cutting oxygen degrades our health and amplifies latent emotions.

    Did u know Imperial County has the highest COVID death rate per capita of all California counties, “by a country mile.” Find it on LA Times.

    Do you know why? Very high rate of asthmatics due to poor air quality. And when we wear masks, our breathing rate goes down too….


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