FAA Refers More Disruptive Passenger Cases to FBI

FAA Refers More Disruptive Passenger Cases to FBI

April 14, 2023 - Disruptive and violent passengers continue to be a threat to all onboard. This week, the FAA referred 17 additional cases for criminal prosecution to the FBI.

Our union is urging Congress to do more by passing the Protection from Disruptive Passengers Act to keep aviation workers safe on the job. Frontier AFA Flight Attendant Cher Taylor shared powerful testimony about her experience with disruptive passengers at the bill introduction. Watch here.

The 2023 FAA/FBI referrals include the following incidents:

  • March 2023: Tried to open aircraft door and use a makeshift weapon to assault a flight attendant.
  • Jan. 2023: Inappropriately touched a 17-year-old passenger.
  • Jan. 2023: Refused to remain seated, acted erratically, said he needed to fly the aircraft.
  • Jan. 2023: Assaulted a female passenger.
  • Jan. 2023: Assaulted a flight attendant.
  • Jan. 2023: Sexually assaulted a passenger.
  • Dec. 2022: Passenger assaulted his wife.
  • Dec. 2022: Assaulted flight attendants and passengers.
  • Dec. 2022: Tried to strike a flight attendant and enter the flight deck.
  • Dec. 2022: Assaulted, threatened and intimidated flight attendants.
  • Dec. 2022: Assaulted another passenger.
  • Dec. 2022: Inappropriately touched another passenger.
  • July 2022: Threatened and intimidated flight attendants and passengers.
  • July 2022: Assaulted another passenger.
  • July 2022: Threatened flight attendants and passenger.
  • April 2022: Sexually assaulted a flight attendant.
  • April 2022: Assaulted a flight attendant and passenger, deployed evacuation slide.

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