FAA: Number of unruly passengers way up

Air travel
Mark Prado

The FAA has released the latest unruly passenger figures accumulated since Jan. 1, and the number of incidents are the highest they have been in 25 years.

The numbers:

  •  3,889 unruly reports
  •  2,867 refusing to wear a mask reports
  •  682 investigation initiated
  •  120 cases with penalties

The data comes as United Airlines asks its employees not to duct tape unruly passengers.

As part of the FAA's Reauthorization Bill the FAA can propose up to $37,000 per violation for unruly passenger cases. Previously, the maximum civil penalty per violation was $25,000. One incident can result in multiple violations.