Sec. Buttigieg: Federal no-fly list ‘should be on the table’ for violent passengers

“It is completely unacceptable to mistreat, abuse or even disrespect flight crews,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” adding: “We will continue to look at all options to ensure that flight crews and passengers are safe. “

“There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of treatment of air crews in the air or any of the essential workers – from bus drivers to air crews who get people to where they need to be,” he said.

The FAA announced a new “zero tolerance” policy earlier this year after seeing an increase in passengers disrupting flights with threatening or violent behavior and so far proposing more than $ 1 million in fines, CNN has previously reported. Enforcement of mask mandates and handling of drunk passengers are among the main causes of such confrontations.
Last month, President Joe Biden blew up travelers harassing stewardesses because they do not want to wear a face mask, announcing a doubling of fines for those who do not comply with the U.S. federal transportation mask mandate.

“If you break the rules, be prepared to pay,” Biden of the White House said. “And by the way, show some respect. The anger you see on television against stewardesses and others doing their job is wrong. It’s ugly.”

The civil sanctions now range from $ 500 to $ 3,000, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The previous range was $ 250 to $ 1,500, and the highest fines of $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 are intended for repeat offenders of the mandate, the department said.

There is currently an FBI-controlled federal no-fly list, which is designed to prevent known and suspected terrorists from getting plane tickets and boarding planes.

During the pandemic, airlines have agreed to ban passengers from future flights for refusing to wear masks, but the airlines do not share information with each other about the passengers they have banned. Hundreds of passengers are currently on these lists.


Leave a Comment