FAA Warns of Passenger Disruption Ahead of Inauguration


As the politically charged atmosphere around the Capitol last week spilled into airports and commercial aircraft, causing disruptions on flights and heckling of elected officials in the terminal, the FAA has issued a preemptive warning for travelers ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington. 

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson released this statement: “As a former airline captain, I can attest from firsthand experience that the cabin crew’s primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of all passengers. I expect all passengers to follow crew member instructions, which are in place for their safety and the safety of flight.” The FAA noted that it “will pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from monetary fines to jail time.” The upper limit of the fine is $35,000.

Airlines have been steadily adding to their own “no fly” lists those passengers who refuse to wear masks in flight. Supposedly more than 2,000 people have been placed on these lists so far, and United Airlines alone added another 60 in the last week.

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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  1. I am not wearing my red baseball cap. Surely no one would get upset with seeing GAMA on a hat of a private pilot.

        • Nothing, of you aren’t dyslexic. But a red baseball cap is recognizable a long ways off. The mouth-breathers and spittle-spewers the FAA is concerned with aren’t known for their perspicacity. Worse case, you’d be welcomed as one of them.

        • Nothing, unless you are dyslexic. But a red baseball cap is recognizable a long ways off. The mouth-breathers and spittle-spewers the FAA is concerned with aren’t known for their perspicacity. Worse case, you’d be welcomed as one of them.

          • Yes, one side of the political fence has all of the mouth breathers. Right. Looting and theft in the name of a dead drug addict is so much more… noble?

  2. To reduce the chances the same terrorist insurrectionist white supremacist scum will return to wreak havoc around the Inauguration, FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono said the bureau can add identified rioters to the no-fly list, which is maintained by the bureau and administered by the Transportation Security Administration.
    “As for the no-fly list, we look at all tools and techniques that we possibly can use within the FBI and that’s something we are actively looking at.”
    Why do we need the no-fly list? No intervention is ideal or foolproof but it DOES demonstrably reduce risks to public health and safety aboard those fragile flying cigar tubes.
    Why are they legal and Constitutonal despite being restrictions on personal freedom? Because flying is a privilege, not a right.
    We will always have hard core demagogue Trump devotees and/or rioter apologists and/or no fly list skeptics like James B., Eric W., Arthur F. and Bob. Some of them even today choose to believe patently absurd Trump lies like “the election was stolen” and “Antifa instigated the violence that day” [rather than actual perps Trump, Giuliani, Gosar, Biggs and Brooks].
    Let’s pray we always have no-fly lists as well.

    • That’s sounds exactly like something that a “field office assistant” would suggest. It’s illogical to suggest that the no-fly lists will have any effect on ground based illegal activities in the lower 48 States. If anything, the no-fly list actually makes tracking of seriously bad people more difficult…

    • Dear Wise Old Man,
      It’s amazing how tough people are when they can hide behind a nom de plume on the internet. The level of ignorance in your post is sad. The Marxism for which you advocate isn’t as cool as you believe as evidenced by the body counts from the last century. Your ability to freely spew derogatory adjectives is a gift paid forward to us from tens of thousands of men and women that sacrificed their lives defending our constitution. It takes only a small amount self-discipline to keep your comments respectful.

      • That’s all you got, John G.? What simplistic “love it or leave it” pap directed at a wartime vet from a dupe who [perhaps initially unwittingly but the verdict’s in so wake up and smell the selfish treasonous vindictive venality of the Criminal-in-Chief you demand I respect] backed a megalomaniacal conman and draft dodger turned wannabe tyrant. How’s that for adjectives?
        And the cojones on you to pretend you ever played a part in defending The Constitution when you are busily defending the first overt mob insurrection in a century+ and only second-ever storming and trashing of Our Capitol with the declared intention of disrupting democracy.
        “Marxist”, you say? WTFacile putdown was that? YOUR boy is the one cozying up to, making excuses for, envying and unabashedly backed by Putin! As for me, you’ll never meet such a materialistic dedicated conservative capitalist with an overstuffed hangar and garage. Why not go Full Loeffler and call me a radical socialist while you’re at it? Even she belatedly admitted she drank the Trump Koolaid. You should too.
        And Arthur F: I don’t see you denying that banning the anti-mask Trumpettes will enhance frequent flier longevity and reduce crew workload.
        As for “bad people” like these short fuse Trump devotees, would you really rather risk their acting out on a Boeing at 37,000 or a Greyhound on I-40? And would you rather have their tragically deluded fanatic west coast “soldiers” (like QAnon believer Ashli) 3 jet fuel jet stream tailwind hours from DC when Giuliani issues his next call for “Trial By Combat” or 96 hours of traffic and diesel fumes away?

  3. What ever will the possessors of Trump Derangement Syndrome do with themselves after January 20?
    Keep watching.

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