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Congress proposes no-fly list for unruly passengers

Mar 31

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U.S. lawmakers introduced a bipartisan proposal to create a new no-fly list for unruly passengers following a rise in incidents reported during the pandemic and in recent years. A similar plan was previously pushed by airline unions but failed to gain traction in 2022.

According to federal data, there were almost 2,456 reports of unruly passengers in 2022. Reported incidents had peaked in 2021, and while there was a sharp drop when mask mandates were removed, serious incidents are still five times higher than before the pandemic.

The proposed bipartisan plan would create a separate no-fly list for unruly passengers, giving the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) the authority to ban those who have been convicted or fined for assaulting or interfering with airline crew members.

Lawmakers said the bill includes guidelines for notifying people that they are being placed on the list, and how to appeal. The bill would let TSA decide how long a person would be banned from flying on commercial planes.

The bill is a response to the growing concern for passenger and crew safety. However, civil libertarians have voiced their opposition to the proposal, citing concerns of unfair targeting of minorities; similar to criticism faced by the current FBI no-fly list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WE’VE ALL SEEN THOSE NASTY FIGHTS IN THE SKY

LAST YEAR THERE WERE ALMOST 2500 REPORTS OF UNRULY – MISBEHAVING PASSENGERS – SOME OF WHOM JUST COULDN’T HELP THEMSELVES.. OTHERS WHO SAY THEY WERE IN THEIR RIGHT

REGARDLESS INCIDENCES HAVE TICKED UP IN RECENT YEARS  PEAKING IN 2021 FOLLOWED BY A SHARP DROP WHEN MASK MANDATES WERE NIXED LAST YEAR

BUT WITH SERIOUS INCIDENCES STILL 5 TIMES HIGHER THAN THEY WERE PRE-PANDEMIC – CONGRESS IS NOW CONSIDERING A NEW NO FLY LIST FOR UNRULY PASSENGERS 

THIS BI PARTISAN PROPOSAL WOULD LET THE TSA BAN PEOPLE CONVICTED OR FINED FOR ASSAULTING OR INTERFERING WITH AIRLINE CREW MEMBERS

THE BAN WOULD BE SEPERATE FROM THE FBI’S CURRENT NO-FLY LIST WHICH SOME CRITICS ARGUE HAS UNFAIRLY TARGETED MINORITIES — CIVIL LIBERTARIANS HAVE VOWED TO OPPOSE ANY SIMILAR TYPE PLAN

THE PROPOSED BILL INCLUDES GUIDELINES FOR THE TSA TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU’RE BANNED .. AND FOR HOW LONG


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