FAA Shares Disturbing Audio from Actual in-flight Incidents to Highlight Uptick in Unruly Behavior

  • A tweet from the FAA on the incident
  • The fines that have been given to these passengers

This week, the FAA issued a public service announcement to highlight the dramatic uptick in in-flight incidents caused by unruly passengers. The public service announcement, released to social media on Monday, contains actual audio from some of those incidents, including radio communications between the planes’ captains and air traffic control operators. In the clip, a pilot can be heard requesting that law enforcement meet the plane upon landing. In another exchange, an air traffic controller checks with a captain about an apparent struggle in the cabin — one which necessitated the disruptive passenger be restrained.


In its tweet, the FAA also linked followers to its data on disruptive and unruly passengers. As of Aug. 23, the FAA has received 3,988 reports of unruly passengers, including nearly 3,000 mask-related incidents. As a result of those reports, nearly 700 were investigated and 132 have necessitated the initiation of enforcement cases.Just last week, the FAA detailed some of those cases, proposing yet another round of hefty fines against 34 more passengers. One, who threw luggage across the cabin and “put his head” up a flight attendant’s skirt, was hit with a proposed fine of $45,000. This can be read in our earlier article by clicking HERE. The FAA has so far fined passengers over $1,000,000, collectively, since enacting its zero-tolerance policy in January.

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