WASHINGTON, Dec 22 - The U.S. lawmakers urge major airlines to give a mandatory training plan for flight crew members to address the violent incidents onboard the flight.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Wednesday that it received 5 779 unruly passengers reports this year, including 4156 incidents related to the requirement passengers wear masks to keep an eye on the coronavirus pandemic.
The FAA, which pledged to a zero tolerance approach, said last month that it referred 37 unruly passengers to the FBI for potential criminal prosecution. Aff investigation has initiated an 054 investigation and 325 enforcement actions.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives, Bennie Thompson and Peter DeFazio, both of them senior subcommittee chairs wrote to the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines asking them to follow the Transportation Security Administration's self-defense training program.
The lawmakers want to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to deter and mitigate dangerous situations as unruly passengers often rise into the haze.
They want airlines to provide paid time, travel and accommodations for the crew to participate in the training led by federal air marshals.
The lawmakers said that the TSA resumed offering its free self-defense program in July after using the course in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Airlines said on Wednesday it had "the safety of our frontline team members as our highest priority" and was looking forward to the meeting of these lawmakers' commitment to helping protect it. We are reviewing the letter."
This push comes amid a holiday trip surge. The TSA says it has screened 1,98 million passengers in each of the last six days.
The FAA and TSA announced on Tuesday that unruly passengers without fines could be withdrawn from screening eligibility criteria from the screening process.
Last month, US Attorney General Merrick Garland or other federal prosecutors requested priority prosecution of airline passengers for carrying luggage that would have a purpose.
According to the FAA, more than 1,4 million dollars is issued in fines for unruly passengers. Many passengers who refused to wear masks were hit with a knockout.
On Oct. 8, President Joe Biden told the Justice Department that the number of violent incidents onboard planes was increasing.
prosecutors in Colorado have charged a 20-year-old California man with assault on an air trip from Santa Ana to California, that forced the flight to leave.