US FAA wants airlines to do more to deal with unruly passengers
WASHINGTON, Sept.21 (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday urged US airlines to “commit to taking more action” to respond to reports of violent or unruly passengers.
The agency said it had asked airline business groups at a meeting on Tuesday to disclose within a week what steps they would take to curb such incidents. The FAA said the industry is facing a record number of airline passenger disruptions and plans to hold similar meetings with airport and worker representatives soon.
The meeting with groups including Airlines for America, a group representing American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and others, discussed “ways the industry can work together to reduce the number of passenger incidents. unruly, “the FAA said, adding” believes that further action by airlines and all aviation stakeholders is needed to end unsafe behavior. “
Monday, two senior Democrats in the US Senate urged Attorney General Merrick Garland Monday to prosecute unruly air passengers.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Trade Committee Chairman Maria Cantwell have said “civil sanctions alone fail to deter criminal activity by airline passengers.”
In June, Airlines for America and the aviation unions also called on Garland to prosecute disruptive and violent air passengers.
To date this year, there have been 4,385 reports of unruly passenger incidents, of which 3,199 related to the mask. The FAA took enforcement action in 162 cases, handing out over $ 1 million in proposed fines.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in January imposed a zero tolerance order on passenger disruption on planes after supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump disrupted flights around the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6. This policy will extend at least until federal mask-on-aircraft rules are in place, which were extended last month until mid-January 2022.
Separately, the House Transport and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing on unruly passengers on Thursday.
Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Aurora Ellis
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