Zero-Tolerance MUST continue to protect the Flight Attendants

COLLAGE OF F/As Assaults
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New FAA Enhanced Enforcement Policy applied to Flight Attendant Assaults

In response to post January 6 2021 inflight incidents

Every Reason to make Zero-Tolerance THE STANDARD

This is the FAA notice enhancing deterrents against those who would dare assault a flight attendant, a key member of commercial passenger safety!!!

Administrator's Zero Tolerance

 

The protection of flight attendants has become a high visibility issue since January 6, 2021, as evidenced by the above historic statement by the Administrator and the below actions:

Administrator Dickson

All of this is clearly warranted, but this “emphasis”–again justified—obfuscates the real underlying problem. The power to redress inflight assaults on crew members has been in existence for 20 years–49 U.S. Code § 46318.Interference with cabin or flight crew. [note: a sexual assault is included in the 2018 amendment]. While the power has been available, the actions against the perpetrators have not been robust.

 

 

 

 

 

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) has done an excellent job of chronicling their fight against these batteries:AFA banner

The mere fact, that politicized assaults or perhaps confrontations based on public health issues, has justified an enhanced enforcement policy. Based on the AFA documentation of the problem, there should not be a termination date to the  ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY. This is not a new problem and the 1,300 past FAA actions have not served as a deterrent to such behavior.

 

ADMINISTRATOR DICKSON, Order 2150.3C Change 4 should continue in force. With the Compliance Policy in place, there may be underutilized personnel to have an effective campaign until passengers get the message, No Assaults of the Flight Crew”!!!

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FAA to extend ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for bad behavior while federal mask mandate is in place

Ian Duncan

March 16, 2021 at 12:25 p.m. EDTunmasked passenger

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is reviewing some 450 cases of passengers behaving badly on airline flights and has opened 20 formal enforcement cases as flight attendants continue to grapple with people refusing to comply with orders to wear masks aboard airplanes.

In light of those figures, the agency said Monday that it would extend a “zero-tolerance” policy for bad behavior as long as a federal mask mandate for transportation remains in force. The FAA has the power to levy fines and make criminal referrals against passengers who violate safety rules.

“The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time,FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. “The number of cases we’re seeing is still far too high, and it tells us urgent action continues to be required.”

2021 Order

 

The initial order went into force Jan. 13, a week after airlines reported a wave of disruptive behavior linked to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. It was due to expire at the end of March.

The FAA said airlines had reported more than 500 incidents to the agency since late December, mostly involving passengers refusing to wear masks.

On Friday, the agency announced that it was seeking a $14,500 fine against a man accused of refusing to wear a mask on a JetBlue flight from New York to the Dominican Republican on Dec. 23. The man ignored warnings from flight attendants that he had to follow the rules and the captain ultimately declared an emergency and returned to New York, the FAA said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, a major union, said the FAA’s policy had served as an effective deterrent against bad behavior. The union had called for it to be extended.

Sara Nelson AFA

“People need clear instructions on safety,” Nelson said in a statement. “The patchwork, politically skewed discussion around masks has created confusion and conflict. We don’t have time for failure to comply with the federal mask mandate. On an airplane, that behavior puts everyone at risk, and we can’t stand for that.”

In the past, the FAA has only rarely used its enforcement powers, initiating some 1,300 cases in the past decade.

Measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus by travelers have been significantly tightened under the Biden administration.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a sweeping mandate requiring masks on planes and other forms of transportation. The Transportation Security Administration said that violating those rules could come with fines of more than $1,000.

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