TSA Says Incidents of Unruly Passengers Went Up During, Directly After the Pandemic
The TSA is reminding passengers to remain calm at security checkpoints among rising rates of unruly passengers at airports and on planes.
A recent Federal Aviation Administration report found there’s already been 487 investigations into unruly passengers this year.
That’s more than twice the 183 investigations conducted in 2020, and the 146 investigations completed in 2019.
In a statement, TSA says these sometimes violent incidents aimed at TSA officers and airline employees, disrupt travel and will not be tolerated.
The agency says it will pursue criminal charges as needed and will begin offering self-defense training for in-flight crew staff in July.
These actions come after passengers physically assaulted TSA officers in two separate incidents in Louisville, KY and Denver, CO this month.
Today kicks off another busy #4thofJuly travel period. More than 1.5 million travelers are expected at MCO over the next 13 days.
Top 5 busiest days:
1️⃣ July 3 – 134,414
2️⃣ June 26 – 130,787
3️⃣ June 27 – 120,608
4️⃣ July 2 – 120,280
5️⃣ July 1 – 119,246
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— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) June 25, 2021