The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Tuesday in a new partnership that unruly airline passengers could face additional consequences for misbehaving like losing their TSA PreCheck.
The FAA says it will share information of passengers facing fines for unruly behavior with TSA, who then may remove the passenger's TSA PreCheck screening eligibility.
“TSA has zero tolerance for the unruly behaviors, especially those involving physical assault occurring aboard aircraft. We have tremendous respect for airport staff, gate agents and flight crews that get people safely to their destinations,” TSA Administrator David Pekoske said. “This partnership with FAA will help ensure the safety and security of all passengers and hold those who violate federal regulations accountable for their actions.”
TSA also said that they will help the FAA identify and locate unruly passengers who need to be served penalty notices.
“If you act out of line, you will wait in line,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said. “Our partnership aims to promote safe and responsible passenger behavior. One unruly incident is one too many.”
Both sides made it clear in the statement that TSA PreCheck is a privilege reserved for low-risk travelers.
Airlines have been dealing with thousands of incidents with passengers getting in fights or aggressive arguments with other passengers and even airline staff. Requirements for passengers due to COVID-19 have added to the number of incidents on flights.
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