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The Justice Department plans to step up prosecution of unruly airline passengers after more than 5,300 incidents this year

14 days ago   |   By Business Insider

An American Airlines flight attendant. LM Otero/AP
The Federal Aviation Administration logged more than 5,300 flight disturbances this year.
The vast majority are categorized as "mask-related incidents."
AG Merrick Garland instructed prosecutors in a memo to step up and coordinate enforcement during the holidays.
Federal prosecutors should increase their efforts to hold passengers responsible for threats and violence that occur on flights during the holiday season, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday. In a two-page memo to US attorneys, Garland said the Department of Justice...
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Justice Dept. to prioritize prosecuting violence on flights

14 days ago   |   By Chron

WASHINGTON - Attorney General Merrick Garland directed U.S. attorneys across the country to swiftly prioritize prosecution of federal crimes that happen on commercial flights as federal officials face a historic number of investigations into passenger behavior.
Garland's memo, issued Wednesday, emphasizes that the Justice Department is committed to aggressively prosecuting violent passengers who assault crew members or endanger the safety of other passengers. Federal law prohibits interfering with a flight crew, including assaulting, intimidating or threatening crew members.
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