Attorney General Merrick B. Garland told the prosecutor on Wednesday that millions of travelers traveled across the United States for Thanksgiving, the most touristy vacation in the United States, and federal crimes on commercial aircraft. Instructed to prioritize prosecution.
As travel in the United States approaches pre-pandemic levels, the federal government has stepped up the prosecution of crimes on flights, especially by passengers who refuse to comply with the Covid protocol. In some cases, passengers assaulted or threatened flight attendants.
Federal law prohibits assaults, intimidation, threats of violence, and other criminal acts that may occur during flight that interfere with workers in flight.
Reports submitted by flight attendants to the Aviation Safety Reporting System database may describe a chaotic, hingeless workplace where passengers regularly abuse airline employees.
“Passengers who assault, intimidate, or intimidate flight attendants or flight attendants not only harm these employees, but also hinder the performance of important missions that help ensure a safe flight.” Mr Garland said in a statement Wednesday.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been 5,338 unruly passenger reports over the past year, and 3,856 were mask-related cases.
Historically, the FAA has handled these cases with civil penalties, warning notices, and counseling. However, under the current Zero Tolerance Policy for unruly passengers enacted in January, the FAA has chosen to impose civil penalties on unmanageable passengers. Passengers can be fined up to $ 37,000 for each breach and can be cited for multiple breaches at once.