Airlines call for nationwide no-fly list to ban unruly passengers

Posted at 11:47 AM, Feb 16, 2022

Incidents of unruly passengers on planes have become increasingly common and have prompted calls for those unruly passengers to be put on no-fly lists.

The Washington Post published an editorial accusing the Federal Aviation Administration of dragging its feet on creating a national no-fly list for disorderly passengers.

According to the FAA, there were roughly 6,000 incidents involving unruly passengers in 2021. More than 4,000 were related to face masks. However, only 350 of those incidents involved action from law enforcement.

A flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., was diverted Sunday after a passenger tried to get into the cockpit and open the door of the plane mid-flight. A flight attendant reportedly had to hit the man several times in the head with a coffee pot before other passengers were able to help restrain him.

In January 2021, the FAA administrator enacted a new zero-tolerance policy for unruly and dangerous behavior, raising fines up to $37,000 and putting out a series of public service announcements.

The American Civil Liberties Union argues that the creation of a no-fly list for unruly passengers would be a "civil liberties nightmare." It questions whether or not such a list could be maintained fairly.

The CEO of Delta Airlines recently wrote a letter to the Justice Department saying that an FBI no-fly list would help prevent such incidents, which he said had increased 100% since 2019.

This story was originally published by Meg Hilling of Newsy.