WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Businesshala) – US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he has instructed the Justice Department to deal with a growing number of violent incidents in airplanes, many of which include the requirement for face coverings.
“I have instructed the Justice Department to make sure we deal with violence on the plane,” Biden said in a speech in Illinois. “We’re going to deal with it.”
There have been 4,626 reports so far this year uncontrolled passenger incidents, which includes 3,366 that were related to the mask. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched enforcement action in 177 cases, issuing more than $1 million in proposed fines.
The Justice Department did not immediately comment.
Several incidents aboard the plane have been captured by passengers and posted on social media, garnering significant attention.
Last month, two senior US Senate Democrats Attorney General Merrick Garland urged To investigate and prosecute unruly air travelers because of an increase in such behavior during the coronavirus pandemic.
In June, a group representing major US airlines such as American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) and United Airlines (UAL.O) and aviation unions also sued Garland over a growing number of disruptive Told to run and violent air passenger.
The airline’s letter to the US states that “the incidents pose a threat to the safety and security of our passengers and employees.”
Last month, Delta called on other US airlines to share a list of passengers who have been banned during the COVID-19 pandemic for disruptive behavior to help stem the growing number of incidents. The carrier said it has put more than 1,600 people on its “no fly” list during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FAA Administrator Steve Dixon imposed a zero-tolerance order on passenger disturbances on airplanes in January after supporters of former US President Donald Trump were disruptive on flights around the January 6 US Capitol attack.
The policy will extend at least as long as the federal mask rules on airplanes apply, which were extended in August to mid-January 2022.