Flight crews are still grappling with unruly passengers, most of whom are unhappy with pandemic-related safety measures like wearing masks, and they are hoping for tougher penalties and even a universal no-fly list. will help.
“It’s been an amazing time and what I would say is the most dangerous time to go to work as a flight attendant,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.
As of September 28, 2021, there were 4,498 reports of unruly passengers, including 3,274 mask-related, according to the FAA.
The FAA implemented a zero tolerance policy in early 2021 and incidents have trended downward, but remain above the 2020 figures.
Flight crews say many incidents come from people breaking mask policies.
“It seems like masks are just something people don’t really want to always adhere to, keeping them properly over their nose and mouth at all times during flights,” said Latifah Fields.
Incidents of unruly passengers in flight could also affect safety, according to flight crews.
“When one person acts on board, it can actually threaten the safety of everyone on board. We may miss things that we need to report on the cockpit, ”said Nelson.
Flight crews NBC San Diego spoke to said the combination of the FAA’s zero tolerance policy, which increases penalties, and a proposed universal no-fly list by Delta Airlines would be the changes. required.
“If someone breaks the law, breaks the law, then they should be held accountable. So if they’re not put on, if they’re put on the no-fly list, which might make them all airlines, “Fields said.