Since the pandemic began, United Airlines has temporarily barred over 1,000 passengers, according to CEO Scott Kirby, who spoke to CNBC in March.
The incidence of rowdy airline passenger events has reduced significantly since the beginning of the year, but it remains twice as high as it was at the end of 2020, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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According to the FAA’s website, the agency logged 4,385 rowdy passenger occurrences between January and September 2021. According to the data, almost 3,000 of those reports were due to passengers refusing to wear masks. According to the agency, it has launched roughly 800 investigations, significantly more than in any previous year since 1995.
The FAA said in August that it has proposed fines of more than $1 million for disruptive passengers in 2021.
Flight attendants have told Insider that the increase in passenger aggression has them concerned for their safety. Passengers have spit on, hit, and yelled racial obscenities at crew members.
At a hearing on Thursday, politicians and aviation unions in the United States pressed for tougher measures to prevent rowdy passenger events.
During the meeting, House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio inquired whether there were any legal stumbling blocks to airlines exchanging “no fly” lists. He stated that the FAA might compile a list.
Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson questioned why the Justice Department was not doing more to punish disruptive flight travelers.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) president, Sara Nelson, stated that the Department of Justice (DOJ) “has been hesitant to undertake criminal investigations or seek indictments.” Congress, she believes, should encourage the DOJ to take action.
According to a Justice Department official, interfering with flight crew members is a federal felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.