The FAA has uncovered 500 uncontrolled passenger incidents since December.
Southwest Airlines said a passenger going from Miami to Chicago Tuesday afternoon refused to follow the plane’s face mask policy and called the crew “verbally abusive.”
There was no physical change, but the passenger was ejected from the airport by local law enforcement when the plane landed at Chicago Midway Airport.
A Chicago Police Department spokesman said the incident was resolved at the scene and no allegations were made.
SpiceJet airlines offered passengers space to open MG-exit mid-flight.
Tuesday’s episode is one of more than 500 unregistered passenger cases reported by airlines to the Federal Aviation Administration since late December, most of which involve noncompliance with the Niqab mandate.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson Signed “Zero tolerance” policy In January “due to a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have interrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior.”
The order enforced fines of up to $ 35,000 and possible imprisonment for anyone who attacks, threatens or interferes with crew members. Since January, 20 enforcement actions have been taken and the FAA is still reviewing more than 450 cases.
This strict policy was originally scheduled to end on Tuesday, but the FAA extended it.
“I have decided to expand the FAA’s unrestrained-traveler zero-tolerance policy as we continue to do everything we can to counter the epidemic,” Dickson said of the expansion, which the CDC and TSA’s transport mask will last as long as ordered. effect.
“The number of cases we are seeing is still very high, and it shows that necessary action is going on,” he said.