If you've been flying recently, then you might have come across a few passengers who forgot to pack their manners.
The FAA says since the beginning of the year, it's gotten more than 3,500 reports of unruly passengers. That's up 500% from 2019.
The agency received nearly 100 reports in the last week alone.
New Unruly Passenger Numbers since 1/1/2021:— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) July 20, 2021
- 3,509 unruly reports
- 2,605 refusing to wear a mask reports
- 581 investigations initiated
- 87 cases with penalties
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Most of those are based on travelers' behavior resulting from their refusal to wear a mask. Facial coverings are still required on planes, trains, buses and other mass transit.
The FAA has initiated an investigation into about 580 of those reports of unruly passengers, which have so far resulted in 87 cases with penalties for the passenger.
In 2020, only about 180 investigations were initiated from reports of unruly passengers to the FAA. The most recent spike before 2021 in investigations was in 2004, when there were just over 300 investigations into unruly passengers.
The FAA can propose fines as large as $37,000 per violation depending on their investigation of the incident.