FAA Head Warns Disruptive Travelers of ‘Monetary Fines or Jail Time’

By Kurt Stolz on 12 January 2021
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The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is warning airline passengers that any disruptive behavior will come with steep consequences, vowing that “strong enforcement action” will be taken in cases of unruly behavior.

“As a former airline captain, I can attest from firsthand experience that the cabin crew’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of all passengers,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a statement. “I expect all passengers to follow crew member instructions, which are in place for their safety and the safety of flight.”

The statement comes after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday that played out live on television.  Five people died as a result of what became a riot.

Meanwhile, airlines and airports are preparing for potentially disruptive behavior as Trump supporters head to Washington, D.C. for more protests in advance of Biden’s inauguration.

Dickson said that “unruly passenger behavior” can take the crew away from important safety measures, adding that the FAA “will pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from monetary fines to jail time.”  The fine could be as much as $35,000.

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