Federal authorities released a chilling video on Tuesday warning passengers on commercial flights that unruly behavior not only poses a danger to fellow passengers but to pilots as well.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s recent public service announcement is part of its efforts to stop unruly passenger behavior onboard flights. The video, which the FAA says includes real audio from pilots to air traffic control members, features instances of pilots discussing passenger behaviors, with additional audio of recorded altercations mixed in.
The video ends with the FAA’s warning: “Unruly behavior doesn’t fly.”
Excerpts of the pilots’ discussions featured in the PSA include, “An unruly passenger we need to get off the airplane,” “Declared emergency. We’d like to divert,” “He is restrained now” and a pilot requesting authorities on the ground.
The video comes less than a week after the FAA announced they have assessed $531,545 in civil penalties against unruly passengers since the start of the year.
Proposed fines included $7,500 against a passenger who allegedly threatened to kill someone seated near him to $45,000 against a passenger who allegedly threw objects – including his carry-on luggage – at other passengers and put his head up a flight attendant’s skirt.
When the agency announced the fines on Thursday, there were 3,889 reports of unruly passengers in 2021. In less than a week, there have been an additional 99 instances. Of the total reports, nearly 3,000 of them had to do with the federal mask mandate for planes, and 132 of the cases have resulted in penalties.
Nearly one in five flight attendants say they have witnessed physical incidents involving passengers this year, according to the Associated Press.
Videos of unruly passengers have also circulated on social media. Instances include a woman being restrained to her seat after allegedly trying to open the plane’s door and attacking a flight attendant and a man being taped to his seat after allegedly punching and groping crew members and cursed at fellow passengers.
Contributing: Bailey Schulz
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