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Published on Thursday, January 14, 2021

FAA issues 'zero tolerance policy' cracking down on rowdy passengers

Rowdy or argumentative airline passengers could be stung with fines of up to $35,000 or jail time under tough new FAA rules.

Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed a new order detailing a 'zero tolerance policy' for disruptive flyers.

It comes as CBS News reports airlines themselves have banned more than 2,700 passengers over issues relating mostly to not wearing masks in the cabin.

Dickson said the agency will do away with issue warning letters or negotiate penalties and will 'go straight for enforcement.'

"We've seen a disturbing increase in these incidents.... We'll take the strongest possible enforcement action against any passenger who engages in it."

In some serious cases the FAA may propose criminal prosecutions through the Justice Department, and that could lead to prison sentences of up to 20 years.

Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, applauded the new 'first strike and you're out' policy.

Several airlines experienced incidents of unruly behavior on flights to and from Washington DC before and after a mob stormed the Capitol.


Written by Ray Montgomery

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  • It's about time!

    The FAA decision to get tough with unruly, passengers, and those making their political statement by not wearing their mask when reqired to, just made my day. Too bad it has to come to this. Here in Germany, most of us care enough about the serious nature of the pandemic, and about each other, and we comply with rules, for the good of everyone. Maybe I can gradually start to not feel embarrased as an American citizen, considering the unbelievable behavior of some misguided people in the US. It's good to know that flight personnel now will have the backing of the FAA, and some serious consequences for those who won't get with the program!

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