Delta wants to revitalize the No Fly List..
Can using a nebulous and fraught policy be the answer to fleeting concerns?
In 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) logged 5,981 unruly passenger incidents, of which 72% were related to mask issues. Of the nearly 6,000 unruly passenger incidents, the FAA investigated 1,105 incidents. For those doing the math, that means even if the FAA only investigated non-mask issues, there would be a 586 incident gap. Furthermore, of the 1,105 incidents, the FAA initiated actions in 350 cases (6% of all unruly passenger incidents). Only one month has passed in 2022, but current FAA data suggests a potential decrease in unruly passengers - 323 incidents (63% mask-related) compared to the ~500/month in 2021. For further context, in the decade leading up to the pandemic, the FAA investigated on average 137 incidents/year compared to the reduced 323 in January 2022 alone.
Common sense, and data, help us be comforted in the knowledge that if/when airline travel returns to pre-pandemic policies, the number of unruly passenger incidents will decline. Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian made headlines this past week by sending a letter to the U.S Attorney General Merrick Garland asking convicted unruly passengers be added to the no-fly list, which in the CEO’s words "will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew member instructions on commercial aircraft."
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