What the FAA chief says about the uptick in unruly passengers

What the FAA chief says about the uptick in unruly passengers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues its crackdown on disruptive passengers as the agency continues to see more incidents than years prior. The FAA proposed its largest fine to a passenger this year, a whopping $52,500, for a man who punched a flight attendant in the face and tried to open the cockpit door. The agency has proposed almost $350,000 in total fines to unruly passengers since January.

The cases range from passengers bringing their own alcohol onboard, berating the flight attendants, not wearing a face covering, and, in some cases, physically assaulting the cabin crew.

“We have seen an alarming increase in the rate over the last few months, and it’s something that we need to get under control,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson told the media. “This is something that we should all be concerned about.”

In response to the increase in flight disturbances surrounding the Capitol insurrection, Dickson signed an order in January directing the agency to take a “zero-tolerance policy” in unruly passenger cases handing down stricter punishments without warning, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment.

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