Flight attendants hand out refreshments to a packed Delta Airways flight touring from Ronald Regan Nationwide Airport to MinneapolisSaint Paul Worldwide Airport on Friday, Could 21, 2021.
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Delta Air Lines‘ CEO Ed Bastian requested the U.S. Division of Justice to place convicted unruly travelers on a nationwide “no-fly” record, the airline’s newest effort to discourage aggressive conduct on flights which have surged through the pandemic.
Bastian stated that whereas such incidents are uncommon, a “no-fly” record “will assist stop future incidents and function a robust image of the implications of not complying with crew member directions on industrial plane,” he wrote to Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland in a letter dated Jan. 3.
The Federal Aviation Administration declared a “zero tolerance” coverage for unruly vacationers final 12 months. In 2021, it logged a report 5,981 instances of unruly passenger conduct, 72% of them associated to disputes over masks compliance. Enforcement actions had been initiated in 350 instances. To this point this 12 months, the FAA obtained 323 studies of unruly passengers.
Final September, Delta stated airways ought to share a central “no-fly” list of unruly passengers, arguing it might stop people barred from flying on one provider from touring on one other.
Garland instructed prosecutors in November to prioritize cases of disruptive and violent behavior on flights, reminiscent of assaults on crew members or passengers. Earlier that month, the FAA stated it referred 37 unruly passengers to the FBI.
Delta has barred 1,900 individuals from flying the provider for failing to observe the federal masks mandate, it stated.
The Justice Division did not touch upon Bastian’s letter, which was first reported by Reuters.