FAA’s New “Zero Tolerance” for unruly passengers:
The FAA’s has adopted a new stricter legal enforcement policy against unruly passengers that went into effect on Wednesday, Jan. 13. This is a response to increasing incidents in which passengers have refused to wear facial coverings, and to the recent violence at the U.S. Capitol. The FAA has historically provided warnings and counseling, or imposed civil penalties for unruly passengers. However, under the new “zero tolerance” approach the FAA will pursue an enforcement action against the passenger, including imposing fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment, if they interfere with, physically assault or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft. The policy will be in effect through March 30, 2021.
You can listen to the full message from the FAA Administrator Dickson here.