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Justice Department will prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

by Michael Balsamo

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Merrick Garland directed US attorneys across the country to increasingly prioritize the prosecution of federal crimes committed on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior.

Garland’s memo, released Wednesday, emphasizes that the Justice Department is committed to aggressively prosecuting violent passengers who attack crew members or endanger the safety of other passengers. Federal law prohibits interfering with a flight crew, including assaulting, intimidating, or threatening crew members.

Garland said in a statement that such passengers do more than harm employees. “They preclude the performance of vital duties that help ensure safe air travel. Similarly, when passengers commit violent acts against other passengers in the proximity of a commercial aircraft, the conduct puts everyone in danger,” he said.

The memo also notes that dozens of incidents have been reported to the FBI by the Federal Aviation Administration — it investigates some flight disturbances and can issue civil fines to disruptive passengers — with “information-sharing protocols” between the two agencies. as part of.

The FAA said earlier this month that it had launched 950 investigations into passenger behavior on flights this year. This is the highest total since the agency began keeping track in 1995. In the five years from 2016 to 2020, the agency conducted an average of 136 investigations a year.

The agency also said it had referred 37 cases involving unruly airline passengers to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution as the number of disruptions to flights began to mount in January.

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“The unacceptable disruptive behavior we are seeing is a serious security threat to flights, and we remain committed to our partnership with the DOJ to combat it,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dixon.

Airlines and their unions have pressured the federal government to more aggressively pursue criminal prosecution. Airlines have reported more than 5,000 incidents this year involving unruly passengers, including more than 3,600 people who refused to wear face masks in accordance with federal regulation.

“The Department of Justice is committed to using its resources to prevent violence, threats, threats of violence and other criminal behavior that endanger the safety of passengers, flight crew and flight attendants on commercial aircraft,” Garland said in the statement. put it.” ,

Sarah Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, also praised Garland’s announcement.

“The consequences need to be swift and clear to keep travel safe and protect those working through all the stresses of this pandemic,” Nelson said in a statement. “We want to take people to New Orleans, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, or see Grandma. We don’t want to take them to jail. But, the DOJ can now make it clear where you’re going if you’re going to cooperate.” Denies and takes violent action on a plane.

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