Senate considers bill to ban unruly passengers from flying

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A bill designed to protect airline crew members, security screening personnel, and passengers by banning abusive travelers from commercial aircraft flights has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), the lawmaker behind the effort, said his Protection from Abusive Passengers Act is directed at “eliminating the rash of violence and abuse” travelers have been facing for more than two years.

Despite the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) trying everything from fines to turning unruly passengers over to the FBI for criminal review, some flyers continue to disrupt flights with their behaviors. The FAA’s latest report on the situation shows that there have been 1,081 reports of unruly passengers so far this year.

“The goal of our bill is to send a clear signal that individuals who engage in serious abusive or violent behavior…

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