Passengers do not want to wear masks – level 3
As of 28 September, the US Federal Aviation Administration documented nearly 4,500 reports of unruly passengers and close to 3,300 mask-related incidents.
Airline passengers who behave badly is nothing new; however, in January, due to a disturbing increase in violent behavior on flights, the FAA enacted a no-tolerance policy for anyone who assaults, threatens or interferes with airline crew members. Travel after the pandemic is not the same, and rules like wearing a mask must be enforced on flights by federal law. However, this has been a real challenge for crew members. Although passengers sign an agreement that they will wear the masks, they don´t always want to do it.
As flight attendants have been attacked, they´re currently being taught effective self-defense for use on board. Consequences for unruly behavior have been upped with a fine of up to 37,000 dollars or criminal charges. The FAA already started 169 cases this year and levied more than 1 million dollars in fines.
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