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American 737-800 aircraft at Washington Reagan National Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Opinion: The U.S. Should Reconsider How it Handles Unruly Passenger Incidents

As a country, the U.S. needs to seriously re-evaluate how it deals with the rise in unruly passenger cases onboard flights nationwide. An astonishing 5,981 cases of unruly behavior onboard commercial aircraft were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2021. Despite this high number, 350 enforcement actions were issued by the FAA’s investigations office. Only 6% of these unruly passenger cases were enforced by the aviation regulator in 2021. This is a classic example of agency bureaucracy getting…