Passenger cabin on a Delta Boeing 737-900ER.
Mike Blake | Acesparks
In an interview with Acesparks, an American Airlines pilot and union official said the harassment of passengers on board the plane would not go unnoticed in the cockpit and called on the U.S. government to take additional measures to prevent the incidents.
“When I hear that one of my hostesses or another passenger has been assaulted, I fly the plane there at a speed of 35,000 feet at the sound speed, which is distracting,” Dennis Tajer said at the Squawk Box.
“It’s a threat to everyone on the plane. … We can’t pull the plane and say, ‘OK, get out,'” added Tojer, who represents the Allied Pilots Association. Represents 15,000 pilots working for American Airlines.
This year, there have been a lot of reports of erratic behavior of aircraft passengers, e.g. allegedly attacked a Southwest Airlines flight attendant at the end of May.
The The Federal Aviation Administration announced the adoption on June 22 As of Jan. 1, there were 3,100 reports of violations, and 2,350 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal Covid mask. The policy is valid until September 14, and the FAA plans to implement a policy of zero tolerance for passenger harassment until the mandate is retained.
This year alone, the FAA has offered more than $ 560,000 in fines to airline passengers who refuse to comply with passenger instructions and crew rules. Passengers have 30 days to pay the fines.
Flight attendants, airline lobby groups and several aviation unions, including the Allied Pilots Association, have contacted the U.S. Department of Justice about the incidents, Tajer said. A a letter sent at the end of last month, the industry asked the DOJ to “fully and publicly prosecute the acts of violence on board.”
“We’re seeing even more brutal behavior because you can see it when people put it on a cell phone. It’s unacceptable,” Tojer told Acesparks. “But now we need to see support for existing laws, criminal law processes, and make that very public. You know. It’s not just about revenge. We need to make sure it doesn’t happen.”
Tajer points out that the implementation of secondary barriers, which provide another safety for the flight ship when the cockpit door is always open, is beneficial to use in the current environment. Airlines and manufacturers are “fighting” to get these, he said, noting that lawmakers have already introduced them. legislation forcing the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger aircraft.
“With all the messy passengers – sometimes you don’t feel good – but if someone is in bad faith, we have to take all the measures to protect the plane and thereby protect our passengers and our country. we will, “said Tojer.
Tojer’s comments about flight disruptions are more related to the return of travelers to the skies.
More than 47.7 million Americans are expected to travel by the holiday, with travel volume almost returning to pandemic levels. AAA report. According to AAA, this Independence Day pandemic is expected to witness almost the second highest travel volume after 2019, an increase of almost 40 percent over the previous year.
On Thursday, the TSA screened 2,147,090 people at airport security checkpoints, which is almost three times higher than the same business day in 2020 and actually exceeds the 2019 level up to Kovid.