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Unruly passengers: US considers a black-list

Secretary of Transportation responding to a letter from Delta carrier

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sent a letter last week asking the US Department of Justice to create a national no-fly list for unruly passengers. In recent hours, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has indicated that he is considering the idea, but said the implementation of such an initiative is very sensitive and may not be conclusive, as harassing travellers barred by one airline could move to another airline. 

"I think we need to evaluate, talk to the airlines that are creating their own internal no-fly lists. Some of them have talked about the possibility of coordination on this issue and we are also looking at recommendations from the policy. Obviously there are huge implications in terms of civil liberties and how something like this will have to be administered. So it can't be done lightly", the transport secretary commented.

According to statistics from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January 2022, 323 violations were reported involving unruly passengers: almost two-thirds related to failure to wear covid masks, but there were also verbal and physical assaults. 

Delta Air Lines has almost 2000 passengers on its internal no-fly list. The implementation of a common database among all US airlines will be a complicated procedure, but the obstacles are no reason to abandon the idea, Buttigieg said.

On the same subject see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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