ICYMI: Justice Department Cracking Down on Disruptive Passengers

ICYMI: Justice Department Cracking Down on Disruptive Passengers

December 3, 2021 - The U.S. Justice Department is cracking down on unruly airline passengers as attacks on flight attendants and other airline workers have intensified.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday, Nov. 24, that he’s directed staff at the Department of Justice to prioritize the prosecution of federal crimes committed on planes and at airports. That should give law enforcement more power and resources to investigate and prosecute crimes committed in the air.

“It’s about time! Consequences need to be swift and clear to keep travel safe and protect the people on the frontlines who have worked through all the stresses of this pandemic," AFA said in statement. "We want to take people to New Orleans, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, or to see Grandma. We do not want to take them to jail. But, the DOJ can now make it clear that’s where you’re going if you refuse to cooperate and act out violently on a plane. Straight to jail without passing GO.”

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