By Michael G. Stogner
NO Warnings, Penalties can include fines up to $35,000 and jail terms for passengers who assault or threaten airline crews or other passengers.
“First strike and you’re out
The new policy took effect immediately and is to continue through March 30
If you don’t want to WEAR A MASK don’t Fly. Good Job FAA.
FAA to crack down on unruly airline travelers
FAA CHIEF Stephen Dickson signed an order under which unruly passengers will no longer get warnings. (Graeme Jennings Associated Press)
Federal safety officials said Wednesday that they’re stepping up enforcement against unruly airline passengers after confrontations took place on flights to and from Washington in the days before and after last week’s pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The Federal Aviation Administration said there has been “a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from passengers’ refusals to wear masks and from recent violence at the U.S. Capitol.”
The FAA said that under an order signed by Administrator Stephen Dickson, unruly passengers will no longer get warnings. Instead, the agency said it will launch legal enforcement actions. Penalties can include fines up to $35,000 and jail terms for passengers who assault or threaten airline crews or other passengers.
The new policy took effect immediately and is to continue through March 30.
It won quick praise from the head of the largest U.S. flight attendants’ union.
“First strike and you’re out. We applaud FAA Administrator Dickson for taking this clear stand for our safety and security,” Sara Nelson, president of the Assn. of Flight Attendants, said in a statement.
The FAA said it has pursued more than 1,300 enforcement actions against passengers in the last 10 years. It did not immediately provide a count of recent cases, some of which involve passengers who assaulted flight attendants who told them to wear a face covering during the pandemic.
Videos of several recent incidents have been shared widely on social media; some show people who were removed from planes for refusing to wear masks.
The FAA has resisted calls for a federal mask rule, but all leading U.S. airlines require passengers to wear them with exceptions generally made only for children under 2.
Some lawmakers and airline union officials have demanded that people who took part in the riot at the Capitol be placed on the federal no-fly list. The FAA said it does not have authority over that list but works with law enforcement agencies on security threats.
One response to “Heads Up if Flying Commercial, New Ball Game for Maskless.”
I am shocked that when getting on a commercial flight not one airline takes your temperature, when I go to the gym that is one of the requirements for using the facilities now outside and formerly inside. Wearing a mask this year has helped curb the common flu.
My wife and I were on a flight a year ago and a young woman was telling us that she had been exposed to bugs in Hawaii and would not get out of the seat that I was assigned. The flight attendants moved us to other seats and served us Champagne , and did not remove her even though she was being argumentative to all about her exposure to bugs.