With more than 500 cases since last December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending its harsher no-tolerance policy for disruptive passengers on airlines.
FAA Extends No-Tolerance Policy For Disruptive Airline Passengers
In January, the FAA implemented a zero-tolerance policy for poor behavior on airplanes, most of its driven by passengers opposed to wearing masks.
Unruly behavior doesn’t fly! You could be subject to up to $35K in fines or up to 20 years imprisonment for threatening or assaulting a crew member. https://t.co/R6ZunIDuy8 #FlySmart #Travel #airlines
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 13, 2021
The original policy was set to expire on March 31, 2021, but has been extended.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson issued a statement late yesterday explaining his decision to extend the policy:
“I have decided to extend the FAA’s unruly-passenger zero-tolerance policy as we continue to do everything we can to confront the pandemic. The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time. The number of cases we’re seeing is still far too high, and it tells us urgent action continues to be required.”
Do we still need this policy?
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The stricter policy will remain in effect as long as the federal mask mandate is in effect.
While it is pathetic that a strict zero-tolerance policy became necessary in the first place, I am glad the FAA is extending it. It’s very simple: in a constrained metal tube fleeting through the air with hundreds of other people, you better be on good behavior.
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