FAA warns of spike in unruly passenger behaviour

faa warns of spike in unruly passenger behaviour

Around 1,300 passengers have been reported to the US aviation regulator since February, in a spike in unruly behaviour since the start of the year.

A typical year would see between 100 and 150 incidents.

The figures from the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) come amid an extension of its “zero tolerance” policy towards unruly passengers.

Most incidents involved passengers not wearing masks, a legal requirement onboard US flights, reports Reuters. The mask mandate on public transport in the US has been extended until 13 September, which is likely when the “zero tolerance” policy will also be extended until.

In an interview with NBC’s Nightly News on 3 May, FAA chief Steve Dickson said: “It is not permissible and we will not tolerate interfering with a flight crew performing their safety duties.”

Last week, The Independent reported on a mass fight that broke out in Miami airport.

The brawl began outside gate D-14 in the waiting area on 25 April.

Video shared on social media by director Billy Corben shows two separate fights happening.

“Guys, stop it, it’s an airport,” one bystander can be heard saying before shouting for security, as the perpetrators violently punch and kick one another…

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