US FAA urges airlines to take more action in addressing unruly behaviour

    US FAA urged passenger airlines in the country to “commit to take more action” in addressing reports of unruly behaviour (Reuters/Bloomberg, 21/22-Sep-2021). The FAA requested airline trade groups disclose within one week steps they will take to curb incidents, adding it believes “additional action by the airlines and all aviation stakeholders is necessary to stop the unsafe behaviour”. The authority met with groups including Airlines for America to discuss “ways the industry can work together to reduce the number of unruly passenger incidents”. Additionally, US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to prosecute unruly passengers, adding: “civil penalties alone are failing to deter criminal activity by airline passengers”.

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