Delta Airlines Expands No-Fly List
Atlanta-based Delta Airlines, Inc. CEO Ed Bastian recently wrote there should be “zero tolerance” for any behavior that affects flight safety, according to the AP.
Delta confirmed on February 5, 2022, it has about 1,900 people on its “no-fly” list for refusing to comply with face masking requirements.
“This action will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew member instructions on commercial aircraft," Bastian wrote in the letter furnished to the AP by Delta.
Furthermore, Delta has submitted more than 900 passenger names to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to pursue civil penalties.
Delta’s website says, ‘Federal law requires each person to wear a mask at all times while in the airport and when using public transit, during boarding and deplaning and for the duration of the flight.’
And those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination are still required to wear a mask.
Under a partnership between the TSA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced on December 23, 2021, the FAA shares information of passengers facing fines for unruly behavior with TSA.
‘The FAA has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior.’
Moreover, these individuals could be removed from TSA PreCheck screening eligibility, which is a privilege reserved for low-risk travelers.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske commented in a media statement, “This partnership with FAA will help ensure the safety and security of all passengers and hold those who violate federal regulations accountable for their actions.”
“If you act out of line, you will wait in line,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said. “Our partnership aims to promote safe and responsible passenger behavior.”
“One unruly incident is one too many.”
The Federal Aviation Administration cited 4.9 reported unruly incidents per 10,000 flights the week ending Jan. 23, 2022. With twenty-six Enforcement Action Cases Initiated, according to the FAA website.
Note: TSA security checkpoint travel numbers reflect a down-turn in passenger volume, as of February 5, 2022.
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