FAA chief orders ‘zero tolerance approach’ for rowdy airline passengers after recent incidents

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration signed a Wednesday order directing the agency to take a “zero tolerance approach” to disruptive airline customers.

Steve Dickson told Reuters that those who engage in disorderly conduct while on a flight may be subject to up to $35,000 fines and possible jail time.

“We will no longer adjudicate certain of these unruly passenger cases with counseling or warnings. We’re going to go straight to enforcement,” he said. “We’ve seen a disturbing increase in these incidents. … We’ll take the strongest possible enforcement action against any passenger who engages in it.”

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