Congress Wants Unruly Passengers on No-Fly List

“Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully,” congressional leaders say.

The bipartisan “Protection from Abusive Passengers Act” is making its way through Congress. Under the law, a national no-fly list would be created that would ground passengers who are unruly and who have been charged with physical assault or intimidation while on board a commercial airliner. 

Representative Eric Swalwell of California said, “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you work — everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and with dignity. Unfortunately, too many of our pilots, flight attendants, and crew members are dealing with unacceptable abuse from passengers — everything from kicking to spitting to biting. Our bill will ground the handful of bad actors who continue to travel while protecting airline employees and the traveling public.” 

Guidelines would be developed under the bill that would allow the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to determine on a case-by-case basis who would be part of the no-fly list and for how long. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, cases of unruly passengers have risen 470 percent compared to where they were before COVID. 

Previous congressional attempts to establish no-fly lists have failed to make it to floor votes. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congress as they evaluate new legislation to address ways to protect flight crew members while they try to perform their jobs.
  • For God to direct the decisions made by Congress.

Sources: Washington Examiner, FAA, The Hill


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