5,981 reports of unruly passengers has been recorded by FAA in 2021, 4,290 of those have been mask-related incidents
With tension running high in airlines with delays and cancellations happening on a flick of a switch, not counting the stress of getting COVID-19 during air travel, it is no wonder that Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has reported that it was the worst on record for unruly passenger behaviour in the United States.
In total, 5,981 reports of unruly passengers has been recorded by FAA in 2021. About 4,290 of those have been mask-related incidents, a whopping 72% of all cases. The FAA didn't use to track the no of bad behaviour used to stay relatively consistent.But with reports of a rise in unruly behaviour, FAA had started tracking these incidents in 2021. FAA had to carry out 1,081 investigations in these incidents, almost a 500% increase from the average in the past 15 years.
Amidst this chaos, FAA had implemented a "zero-tolerance policy in airports, which did decrease the incidents by 50% from the early months of 2021. But the number is still twice as high compared to the end of 2020.
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