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The F.A.A. Cracks Down on Unruly Airline Passengers Ahead of Inauguration


Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are stepping up efforts to address violence and disruption on flights and at airports ahead of next week’s presidential inauguration, citing a rise of threatening and aggressive behavior by some airline passengers before and since last week’s attack on the Capitol.Under a Wednesday order from its chief, Steve Dickson, the F.A.A. plans to take legal action against passengers who assault, threaten, intimidate or interfere with airline crew members, which could include fines of up to $35,000 and referral for criminal prosecution. The agency previously had the authority to impose fines …

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