Passenger tirade delays flight to Miami from New York
MIAMI, Florida – Airlines have reported more than 3,500 disruptive passenger cases since Jan. 1, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Another such case occurred Friday afternoon on a flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Miami International Airport.
“The only people you care about are yourselves,” one passenger can be heard yelling at others in the cabin in a cellphone video.
Police had to be called in to deal with the man and a medical team was also on hand to assess whether the passenger was having some type of medical episode.
American Airlines flight 1466 was delayed for two hours. Scheduled for 1:30 p.m., it left at 3:30 p.m., and is expected to arrive in Miami at 6:44 p.m.
The FAA does not take such situations lightly and has adopted a zero tolerance policy for passengers who act on board an aircraft with threatening or violent behavior and disrupt flights.
On January 13, 2021, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order directing a stricter law enforcement policy against unruly air passengers following recent and disturbing incidents.
Historically, the agency has dealt with incidents of unruly passengers by giving warnings and advice or by imposing light penalties.
As part of the new zero tolerance policy, the FAA says there are no more warnings or advice. The agency “will pursue law enforcement measures against any passenger who assaults, threatens, intimidates or interferes with airline crew members.”
Fines and prison terms can be imposed on unruly passengers.
Over the past decade, the FAA has investigated around 140 cases per year for possible enforcement actions such as fines. This year it was close to 600 on July 20.
It is not known why the Friday passenger was upset or what penalty he might incur.
One of the most common reasons for passenger explosions in 2021 is mask and warrant requirements.
As of July 20, reported mask incidents amounted to 2,605.
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