The federal government has seen unprecedented levels of passenger incidents on planes this year. About three quarters have related to the federal mask mandate. Yet no one seems to know what to do about it.
The government announces fines but in practice almost no one gets fined and almost no one who does get fined pays what’s ordered.
The FAA hasn’t solved the issue, so they’re punting to the airlines. The FAA has given U.S. airlines one week to come up with a solution to the problem of unruly passengers on board planes. Yet American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is candid with employees that he doesn’t know what else to do. Their only move is to push airports to stop selling alcohol to go.
At a meeting on Tuesday, the FAA told airline lobbyists they wanted a airlines to have a plan within the week, and will have similar demands of airports and labor groups. The FAA says it “believes additional action by the airlines and all aviation stakeholders is necessary to stop the unsafe behavior.”
Meanwhile Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell (D-WA) asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to week to prosecute unruly passengers.
NEW: The FAA is giving airlines one week to craft new solutions for unruly passengers in light of increasing pressure from U.S. officials.
FAA gives airlines a week to craft new solutions for unruly passengers, or face a public shaming
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The priceless piece of this of course is that these are airlines and the government is threatening to publicly shame them. Neither party has shame. The penalty here is something along the lines of Hans Blix threatening Kim Jong Il with a strongly worded letter.