The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recommended that 22 unruly passengers face federal charges for their misconduct on commercial aircraft. These incidents, which occurred between 2021 and April of this year, involved offenses such as sexual assaults, regular assaults, terror threats, attempted cockpit breaches, and smoking in the bathroom. While the FAA cannot bring criminal charges, it can suggest individuals to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further action.
Since 2021, the FAA has recommended a total of 270 people for criminal charges due to disruptive behavior on flights. Although the number of incidents has decreased compared to the peak during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FAA’s zero-tolerance policy towards such behavior remains in effect. Airlines have also implemented their own measures, including the creation of no-fly lists for unruly passengers, which are shared among different carriers.