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Travel FAA Threatens to Fine, Jail 'Unruly Passengers' After Capitol Rioters Cause Chaos on Flights

05:26  14 january  2021
05:26  14 january  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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After the Capitol riots, at least one congressman wants rioters added to the federal no-fly list, and the FAA threatens fines and jail time. " Federal law prohibits you from physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault the crew, and anyone else, on an aircraft," the FAA said in a tweet

The FAA adopted a stricter unruly passenger policy after disruptions on flights in the wake of Capitol riot. Two days after the riot, videos showed passengers on an American flight en route from D.C. to Phoenix chanting "USA" and "Fight For Trump," eventually causing the pilot to threaten to divert the

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) passed a directive Wednesday that aims to bolster its response to disruptive passengers, and manage what the agency described as a recent increase in "troubling incidents" reported during flights.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: The Federal Aviation Administration enacted an order Wednesday that calls for strict enforcement of its policies related to passenger behavior, after it saw a © Robert Nickelsberg/Getty The Federal Aviation Administration enacted an order Wednesday that calls for strict enforcement of its policies related to passenger behavior, after it saw a "disturbing increase" in disruptions following the U.S. Capitol siege. Here, crowds gather outside the Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally, which preceded the subsequent riot, on January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday's order adopts strict legal enforcement procedures for verbal and physical disturbances carried out by airline passengers, and will remain in effect through March 30. Where the FAA previously approached "unruly" individuals with warnings, counseling and civil penalties prior to taking legal actions against those responsible, it will now move to enforcement procedures following initial offenses. Those who continue to cause disruptions could face fines totaling $35,000 or possible jail time, according to the directive.

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FAA threatens unruly flyers with stiff fines , jail time; calls escalate to add Capitol rioters to no-fly list. WATCH: Pilot threatens to 'dump' unruly MAGA passengers in Kansas. After video of unruly Trump supporters harassing lawmakers in airports and reports of distruptions on flights to and

After a string of incidents leading up to and after the riot at the Capitol , the FAA is implementing a strict It directs the agency to take a "zero tolerance" policy against disruptive behavior on flights . A pilot for American Airlines threatened to land a plane headed from Washington to Phoenix in the

"The agency will pursue legal enforcement action against any passenger who assaults, threatens, intimidates, or interferes with airline crew members," the FAA said in a statement announcing the enforcement order's passage. "Passengers who interfere with, physically assault, or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on aircraft face stiff penalties, including fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment."

Steve Dickson, the FAA's administrator, told Reuters on Wednesday that the federal agency is implementing a "zero tolerance policy" with regard to "unruly" passenger behavior.

"We will no longer adjudicate certain of these unruly passenger cases with counseling or warnings. We're going to go straight to enforcement," he said.

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Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dickson signed an order Wednesday that creates an “enforcement program” targeted at passengers who “assault, threaten , intimidate, or interfere” with crew members while flying. “The FAA has recently observed a proliferation of such conduct, including

The Federal Aviation Administration is cracking down on unruly passengers in light of the Capitol attack. President-elect Joe Biden called for People who physically assault or threaten members of flight crews or other passengers are subject to prison and fines as high as ,000, the FAA said.

In its formal statement, the FAA noted a "disturbing" rise in "incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior." The agency connected these incidents to passengers' opposition to mask use, which is mandated across airlines as means to reduce COVID-19 transmission, as well as "recent violence at the U.S. Capitol."

A mob of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol complex during a violent siege last week, which resulted in five deaths and numerous injuries. Aviation personnel expressed their concerns about rioters boarding flights after the attack, since many of Trump's proponents traveled to Washington, D.C., from elsewhere to attend the sitting president's "Save America" rally.

Following the Capitol assault, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), an airline union that represents close to 50,000 flight attendants employed by more than a dozen airlines, requested a flight ban for individuals who participated in the riot. Sara Nelson, the union's president, cited reports of "mob mentality behavior" exhibited by passengers traveling to Washington, D.C., ahead of the siege as reasonable cause for the restriction.

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Flight attendant union says Capitol rioters should be banned from flights home. During the weekend that followed the insurrection, social media “On another flight , a group of passengers removed their masks after takeoff and harassed the flight attendants and other passengers throughout the flight

FAA threatens unruly flyers with stiff fines , jail time; calls escalate to add Capitol rioters to FAA warns of jail time, fines as airports and airlines prep for unruly passengers ahead of the After video of unruly Trump supporters harassing lawmakers in airports and reports of distruptions on flights to

"Our first priority in aviation safety and security is to keep any problems on the ground. Some of the people who traveled in our planed yesterday participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today," the AFA said in its statement. "Their violent and seditious actions at the capital today create further concern about their departure from the DC area."

Rioters went on to create disorder during their departing out of Washington. A video shared to Twitter last Friday showed an American Airlines pilot threatening to ground his plane early and "dump people off" after a group of Trump supporters started to chant while on board.

"This is going to be a four-and-a-half hour flight out to Phoenix," the pilot can be heard saying over a loudspeaker in the social media video. "We'll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off. I don't care. We will do that, if that's what it takes. So, behave, please."

The FAA referred Newsweek to its press release detailing the agency's enforcement order in response to a request for comment.

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