More than 3,000 unruly airline passengers reported this year: FAA

More than 3,000 recalcitrant aircraft passengers were reported this year, according to the FAA. Akiko Fujita and Zack Guzman from Yahoo Finance discuss.
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AKIKO FUJITA: Well, the Federal Aviation Administration says things are getting out of hand in the sky, Zack, the FAA says 3,000 passengers were reported this year for recalcitrant behavior on board airlines. Unsurprisingly, 2,300 of these reports related to non-compliance with federal mask requirements. And the FAA says they will start cracking down on it.
We both flew during the pandemic. I don't know if you saw this behavior on board these flights. But I can't say I'm surprised. 3,000 seems like a pretty low number considering how many incidents we've seen on board where passengers fight the rules and refuse to wear masks. And then a lot of flight attendants try to get on.
ZACK GUZMAN: Yeah, and I mean, we've talked a lot about the problem that would get worse here if we remembered the CDC changing their guidelines on how to wear masks, but also the fact that they are still for Airports apply and flights. And that was additional pressure on flight attendants. It's a job that I think a lot of people don't envy right now in the pandemic when you talk about the pressures they are facing.
Sara Nelson, who was already on the show, spoke to the flight attendants union about how it's getting out of hand. And it's an additional thing flight attendants shouldn't grapple with when they're on the front lines and scared, the reactions we heard from some of them were just talking about that it's just not worth it . And they don't want to go to work to deal with it.
And you wonder what it really says about us not to wear a mask on a plane or just the reactions we have seen. And some of them have become fatal. We saw people react in stores, killing people who were trying to get the face mask laws into place and so on. So I mean I don't know I don't know what it says about us, Akiko.
I think it says more about how people just don't want to follow these rules anymore. But sure, you know, it's a problem, luckily, hopefully, one that will go away when we get back to normal.
AKIKO FUJITA: Yeah, I mean, that's a good point. We're talking about airlines right now. But obviously this is not limited to the airspace, but only to public transport in general, which is certainly also an issue with regard to the wearing of masks. However, it will be interesting to see how the FAA pushes through.
They said they identified potential violations of federal regulations in 465 of the 3,000 reported cases to date. And they have started enforcement action in 57 cases. So we're going to watch this to see how far they can go in enforcing these fines.
And maybe that's the way to go. Once the fines are set, a lot of people will look at it and say, okay, maybe I have to wear my mask, even if it's only for a few hours, because that's what the directive requires.
ZACK GUZMAN: Yeah, $ 52,000 fine, the biggest I've looked through and this CNN report that talks about it. This is serious money. That's one that will put your mask back on. But it's also one - I mean, there are a lot of them that have nothing to do with masks.
I mean, obviously incidents like this happened on airplanes before masks existed. And there are just people, whether they're drinking or whatever, they kind of get involved. But that is a serious sum. $ 52,000 I think will give people a pause to pause, okay, I shouldn't be acting like an idiot on those planes out here. But hopefully we'll see less of that.
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