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Passengers could be charged for their bad behavior on a plane

Passengers could be charged for their bad behavior on a plane

They’re facing a huge fine for this incident, which could cost over $16,000! Maybe they should be more on their best behavior from here on out.

People are reporting more stories than ever about passengers gone wild ever since ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft became so popular. Many have seen these stories in the news, but a few people have taken these frightening situations to the next level. How many passengers do you think to fly through airports worldwide in a month? Thousands of people fly every day, often without any issues. And how many of those are reported by airport security staff?

According to USA Today, there had been 1,081 unruly passenger reports and 707 mask-related incidents on flights this year as of April 4. Since 309 personnel investigations have been launched, 159 FAA enforcement cases have been launched and 80 FAA cases were referred to the FBI for criminal review. While the passenger numbers are down from 2021, it turns out the end is not in sight.

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The FAA is planning to impose the “biggest fines yet” against airlines, in part due to their excessive delays. This is already proving to be very costly for the industry. The tickets issued to two unruly passengers in the amount of $81,950 and $77,272 were proposed by the FAA. In total, they proposed over $2 million in ticket penalties. This is an announcement from January 1st that was released on Friday.

“Today, the FAA held a press conference detailing how their controversial ‘Zero Tolerance policy on unruly passenger behavior has dramatically decreased instances of disruptions in airplane travel by nearly 60%!” This is just one small example of how pilots are making progress toward their goals.

Passengers could be charged

The passenger who is facing fines to the tune of $77,272 is accused of moving from seat to seat, attempting to kiss and hug other passengers, and not returning back to her seat. In addition, she has been accused of biting someone twice in the face during a flight. American Airlines received an anonymous report of a flight attendant attempting to open the aircraft door during a flight last summer. They responded by rewarding pilots with free trips on future flights and by filing an official report of the incident with authorities.

“The U.S. federal government is sentencing airlines to accountability and putting specific penalties in place to match the crime,” said Paul Hartshorn, spokesperson for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “We have been pushing for over a decade now and we are delighted that it is finally happening.”

New reports are coming in that proposals have been drafted in Congress to create a national list of those who could not fly on an airplane if their brand new legislation passes. The Protection from Abusive Passengers Act (PAPA) became the first bill presented to Congress this week by Reps. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn as a result of the need for more standards in regards to questionable behavior on airplanes.

And while the idea of putting unscrupulous passengers on a no-fly list may seem like a good idea in theory, most of us can agree that something needs to give. If you break the rules, do not expect to be served by private companies.

They are also likely to refuse your service if you try to go beyond their explicit outlined rules. It’s not a three-strike system, nor should it be. Unless you are willing to act out in a way that threatens the safety of others or yourself, a no-fly list is excessive and serves no other purpose than ruining your life. If you wind up with just an $82,000 penalty on top of your punishment for misconduct instead of being banned from flying.

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