US Travel: A National No-Fly List for Unruly Passengers

US Travel: A National No-Fly List for Unruly Passengers

The United States has seen a spike in unruly passenger incidents since 2020.

The number of disorderly passengers on commercial aeroplanes has skyrocketed during the pandemic. It has been largely attributed to the stresses brought on by COVID-19 and new masking rules in airports and on planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration fielded around 6000 reports of unruly passengers last year, 4,290 of which were related to masking.

Delta's Request to Create A No-Fly List

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has written a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking the nation’s chief law enforcement officer for help from the Department of Justice to create a ‘no-fly’ list for unruly passengers.

Bastian said a domestic no-fly list should be established for anyone convicted of a crime related to a disruptive confrontation.

Despite the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instituting a zero-tolerance policy for in-flight altercations, including fines of up to $52,000, Bastian said a no-fly list would take away a citizen’s ability to travel on any commercial airline and it would be a stronger deterrent.

Bastian and his fellow CEOs certainly have seen enough to warrant making such an inquiry. According to reports, Delta alone has put almost 2,000 passengers on its own no-fly list with almost all of the incidents involving face masks, which are federally mandated on flights, The airline has reported 1,000 names to the Transportation Security Administration.

Delta previously called for a national unruly passenger no-fly list in September but it was never adopted.

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