There seems to be a lot more turbulence in the air, and unfortunately its happening because of unruly passengers. The FAA is stepping up to quell what they are calling a “disturbing increase” in incidents following the assault on the U.S. Capitol, and the fears they feel are legit that there will be more disruptions nationwide during Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
There will be no more warnings for out of control passengers going forward. Not only is it against the law to simply disobey a flight crew, for fliers that go so far as to physically assault or threaten a flight crew member they will be subject to prison time and fines that could go as high as $35,000.
The FAA said there were multiple instances just in the past week where some of the rioters who stormed the Capitol building were involved in unruly behavior on flights. They want to stop this alarming trend before it gets out of control. “Flying is the safest mode of transportation and I signed this order to keep it that way,” FAA Administrator Steven Dickson said.