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Should Anti-Maskers Be Put on 'No Fly List'?

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Delta Says Those Convicted of Disrupting Flights Should Be Put on Federal 'No-Fly' List

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department late last week that anyone convicted of disrupting a flight should be put on the federal "no-fly" list.

He wrote, "This action will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew member instructions on commercial aircraft."

Bastian said that the rate of disruptive incidents on Delta flights has increased by nearly 100 percent since 2019. Delta has put nearly 1,900 people on its own "no-fly" list for refusing to follow mask requirements and sent more than 900 of the names of those people to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to pursue civil penalties.

The TSA announced a new partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December with further consequences for bad behavior. Under it, the FAA will share information of passengers facing fines for their behavior with the TSA, which may remove them from eligibility for pre-check screening, which is allowed only for low-risk travelers.

(Pulse Networks)

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