FAA Wants Airlines to Do More to Curb Incidents of Unruly Passengers
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has urged airlines to take more action on violent or unruly passengers.
The request was made at a meeting on Tuesday. The FAA wants airlines to disclose within a week what steps they will take to curb such incidents. The FAA said the industry is facing a record number of airline passenger disturbances, and it plans to soon hold similar meetings with representatives from airports and labor, Skift reports.
To date this year, there have been 4,385 reports of unruly passenger incidents. 3,199 of those incidents were mask-related. The FAA has initiated enforcement actions in 162 cases, issuing more than $1 million in proposed fines so far in 2021.
Two senators have urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute unruly air passengers. In June, Airlines for America and aviation unions also asked Garland to prosecute violent passengers.
Airlines also suspended in-flight alcohol sales at the beginning of the pandemic and some have continued to keep those bans in place. FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has credited the ban in helping curb the number of unruly passenger incidents. The FAA has also asked airports to stop to-go orders for alcoholic drinks.