Air rage spike sees Bay Area rep co-sponsor bill to ground unruly passengers

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(KRON) – Bay Area Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-CA, and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, will unveil new legislation designed to improve air safety, increase traveler protections, reduce in-flight violence and hold unruly passengers accountable if they assault airline crew members of flight attendants.

Known as the Protection from Abusive Passengers Act, the legislation could see offenders convicted of assaulting flight crew — including flight attendants, pilots and crew members — aboard an aircraft placed on a commercial no-fly list. The list would be managed by the Transportation Security Authority (TSA). Banned individuals would receive advanced notice of being placed on the list, including guidelines for removal and opportunities for appeal.

The lawmakers say the enhanced penalty will…

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