TSA resumes self-defense training to thwart unruly passengers
This year was a tough year for some employees of the Transportation Security Administration.
Air travel has returned to pre-pandemic levels, but the number of incidents with violent passengers is increasing at the same time. The Federal Aviation Administration has launched nearly 500 investigations into “uncontrollable passenger” cases so far this year. That’s more than three times the total in 2019.
The TSA called the case “trouble” in a statement Thursday, adding that authorities reported similar cases at checkpoints nationwide. To prevent the assault, authorities are reviving self-defense training for flight crew.
Prepare for the worst
The training, which had been suspended due to COVID restrictions, will begin next month, led by the Federal Air Marshal Service. The program teaches crew how to escalate and, if necessary, protect against civilian passenger or freighter attacks.
“I hope the flight crew does not need these tactics, but being prepared to deal with the situation is important to the safety of everyone,” he said. Derby Lajoy, a senior bureaucrat who does, says. Said in a news release on Thursday.
Voluntary 4-hour training is provided free of charge to crew members and is provided at 24 locations nationwide.
The FAA is asking travelers for a $ 124,500 fine.The agency says the traveler assaulted the flight attendants and refused the mask
Uncontrollable passengers on the rise
Training takes place when aviation employees, including transport guards, are faced with increased violence among passengers.
Just this month, two separate assault cases in Denver and Louisville, Kentucky led to law enforcement involvement.
In Louisville, two transport guards were attacked by passengers attempting to “break through the exit lane,” according to a TSA statement. Passengers face state criminal accusations of trespassing crimes, escape and avoidance from police, assaults of misdemeanors, and resistance to arrests.
In the Denver case under investigation, passengers allegedly bite two guards. Passengers, and passengers involved in the Louisville case, face potential civil penalties of up to $ 13,910 for each TSA breach of security requirements, officials said.
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The FAA has been proposing a $ 563,800 fine for unruly passengers since January 1. The latest penalties-promoting actions include passengers attacking crew members, refusing to wear face masks, and drinking alcohol on board.
“Passengers do not arrive at the airport or board planes with the intention of becoming unmanageable or violent,” said a senior TSA official performing the duties of administrator Derby Lajoy on Thursday. Said in a statement. “But returning to an exciting trip for some people can be a more difficult experience for others and can lead to unexpected and unacceptable behavior.”