The head of the federal aviation administration told CNBC on Thursday there had been a disruption to commercial flights in recent days, prompting regulators to release stricter enforcement policies.
“Over the past few days, we have seen an increase in the spread of in-flight incidents where airline passengers have interfered with flights by their behavior,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in “Squawk on the Road.” Street “
He said the episode was partly due to pilots failing to comply with the mask policy, which was used during the coronavirus outbreak and following the fatal pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol when. Last week
The FAA̵7;s new enforcement policy comes as airlines and airports are increasing security ahead of President Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
For example, American Airlines temporarily halted its alcoholic beverage service on flights to and from Washington and Baltimore from Saturday to next Thursday. The Fort Worth Airline, based in Texas, has also filed a suspension of this service after the central agency riots last week.
Delta Air Lines will not allow passengers flying to the airport serving Washington to inspect firearms, CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday.
Dickson said his new FAA directive would help bolster a long-standing approach to temporary flight disruptions.
Instead of issuing a warning or counseling, the FAA is committed to taking legal action against “To passengers who hurt, threaten, intimidate or obstruct the airline’s crew,” according to the press release. Orders are valid until March 30.
“I am telling investigators, I told my attorney in the FAA chief advisory office, that we need to expedite the facts about all of these. [incidents] And we will take immediate action in appropriate circumstances, ”Dickson told CNBC.
On Monday, in a letter to CNBC to be considered by two key Democrats in the House of Commons calling on the FAA to crack down on disobedient passengers. Lawmakers pointed to media reports of the political disruption in days after Congress was severely seized by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Dickson agrees about the need to protect the crew and passengers alike.
“Whenever we see this trend, we need to take action because commercial airline travel in the United States is the safest form of travel in human history,” he said. That “
– Leslie Josephs from CNBC contributed to this report.