Delta Air Lines has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to put any person convicted of a disruption on board an aircraft on the national “no fly” list.
In a letter to Justice Department Secretary Merrick Garland dated Thursday, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said there should be “zero tolerance” for any behavior that affects aviation safety. Bastian noted that although such incidents of misconduct represent a small fraction of the total flights on Delta, the number of incidents on the airline has increased almost 100 percent since 2019.
“This action will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew members’ instructions on commercial aircraft,” Bastian wrote in the letter to the Associated Press of Delta Air Lines.
Delta, along with its industry partner Airlines for America, has been pushing since last year for increased reporting, investigation and prosecution of those who disrupt safety on board. The Atlanta-based airlines said they have put nearly 1,900 people on Delta’s “no-fly” list for refusing to comply with masking requirements and submitted more than 900 banned names to the Transportation Security Administration to prosecute civil sanctions.
A TSA spokesman enforcing the FBI’s “no fly” list of potential terrorist threats could not be reached for comment. The Ministry of Justice could not be immediately reached for comment. The Federal Aviation Administration cited 4.9 reported unruly incidents per. 10,000 flights a week ending January 23, according to its website.
In December, the TSA announced a new partnership with the FAA that would encourage unruly air passengers facing further consequences for misconduct under a new partnership. Under the alliance, the FAA will share information on passengers facing fines for unruly conduct with the TSA, which could remove the passenger from his or her right of prior control, a privilege reserved for low-risk travelers.