Do you have an upcoming flight? You'd better pack your best behavior!
It seems like you can't go a day without seeing another viral video of someone freaking out on an airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently released a revised national policy, and took to social media to remind everyone what's on the line if you disturb your fellow passengers and flight crew.
Flying soon? DYK that federal law prohibits you from threatening or physically assaulting the crew on an aircraft? You could be subject to fines of up to $35K and imprisonment. Learn more at https://t.co/nXVhAXOvQk. #FlySmart #FlightAttendants pic.twitter.com/t8mHirmsHo— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 17, 2021
Citing an unusual uptick in in-flight disturbances, the agency established this online campaign to educate travelers that flying while rude is not without potential legal consequences. Troublemakers could be looking at thousands of dollars in fines or even jail time, depending on the severity of the event.
Specifically, the policy emphasizes that "passengers who assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of a crewmember’s duties" are subject to law enforcement intervention. Yes, this can mean being arrested upon landing, or even causing a flight to be diverted.
Disturbances could be anything from refusing an airline's face covering rules to having a physical altercation, and everything in between. Remember, when you purchase a ticket, you commit to abiding by the rules of that particular airline, whether you agree with them or not.
What are your thoughts on flight disturbances being a federal crime? Is it appropriate or too much? Sound off in the comments (don't worry—we won't issue any fines).