The passenger cabin of a Delta Boeing 737-900ER.
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A American Airlines The pilot and union official told CNBC on Friday that disruptions to passengers on board in the cockpit are not going unnoticed, and urged the US government to take further measures to prevent incidents.
“If I hear that one of my flight attendants or another passenger has been attacked, I’m flying the plane 35,000 feet at the speed of sound, which is a distraction,” said Dennis Tajer “Squawk Box.”
“It’s a threat to everyone else on the plane. … We can’t just stop the plane and say, ‘All right, get out,'” added Tajer, who acts as spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association representing 15,000 pilots who work for American Airlines.
Reports from the unruly behavior of aircraft passengers has increased sharply this yearso like a Flyer allegedly attacking a Southwest Airlines flight attendant End of May.
The The Federal Aviation Administration said it received it on June 22nd around 3,100 reports of recalcitrant behavior since January 1 with 2,350 reports of passengers refusing to obey instructions federal Covid mask mandate. The policy is in place through September 14th and the FAA plans to enforce it Zero tolerance policy for passenger disruptions as long as the order exists.
This year alone, the FAA has proposed a total of more than $ 560,000 in fines against passengers who refused to instruct flight attendants to comply with cabin crew and federal regulations. Passengers have 30 days to appeal the fines.
Flight attendants, airline lobby groups and several aviation unions, including the Allied Pilots Association, have jointly reached out to the U.S. Department of Justice about the incidents, Tajer said. In one Letter sent at the end of last month, urged the industry on the DOJ to “commit to the full and public prosecution of acts of violence on board”.
“We’re seeing much more violent action as you can only see on your phone when people post it. That’s not acceptable, ”Tajer told CNBC. “But now we have to see the backing of the actual law and criminal trials and make that very public, you know. It’s not just about retaliation. It’s about making sure that doesn’t happen.”
Tajer said implementing secondary barriers that add another layer of security to the flight deck when the cockpit door is open would be helpful in the current environment. Airlines and manufacturers are “fighting” to get these, he said, noting that lawmakers have already put in place bipartisan legislation requiring the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger aircraft.
“With all those stubborn passengers – and sometimes you just don’t feel well – but if someone has shameful intentions, we must take all measures to defend the plane and thereby defend our passengers and our country,” said Tajer.
Tajer’s comments on flight disruptions come as more and more travelers return to heaven.
According to a. more than 47.7 million Americans are expected to travel over the holidays, with travel volumes recovering almost entirely to pre-pandemic levels AAA report. According to the AAA, this Independence Day is expected to see the second highest volume of travel ever after 2019, with a nearly 40% increase over the previous year during the pandemic.
On Thursday, the TSA screened 2,147,090 people at the airport security checkpoints, which is almost three times what it was on the same day of the week in 2020 and even surpassed pre-Covid levels in 2019.