Delta Airlines said this week in a pair of internal employee memos that it had asked competitors to share their no-fly lists, to try to prevent passengers who disrupt planes from bringing their chaos to d ‘other airlines.
As of January 1, the Federal Aviation Administration says it has received 4,385 reports of unruly passenger behavior, including 3,199 reports of passengers “refusing to comply with the federal face mask mandate.” The FAA has imposed more than $ 1 million in proposed fines, but the agency does not have the power to prosecute.
Among the incidents, according to the FAA (these concern different airlines):
- On a May 24 flight from New York to Orlando, a passenger “allegedly threw objects, including carry-on baggage, at other passengers; refusal to sit still; lying on the floor in the aisle, refusing to get up, then grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and tucking his head up her skirt.
- On a May 16 flight from New York to San Francisco, a passenger “allegedly interfered with crew members after failing to comply with the face mask warrant; establish non-consensual physical contact with another passenger; throw a playing card at a passenger and threaten him with bodily harm; stabbing certain passengers; and sniffing what appeared to be cocaine in a plastic bag, which the cabin crew confiscated.
- On an April 12 flight from Boston to Orlando, a passenger “allegedly interfered with crew members after refusing to comply with the face mask warrant.” She also yelled obscenities at the flight crew and intentionally bumped into a seated passenger on her way to the washroom. When the seated passenger objected to this behavior, she hit the passenger in the face.
Passengers from these incidents were referred to law enforcement and the FAA proposed fines ranging from $ 29,000 to $ 45,000.
Delta sent its notes to employees the same day that representatives of the airline industry participated in a hearing on “air rage” before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, asking Congress to encourage the Ministry of Justice to take more serious action against unruly passengers, including possible criminal indictments. Interfering with flight attendants on board an aircraft is a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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