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FAA sends 80 unruly airline passenger cases to FBI for possible criminal prosecution
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday that it sent 80 unruly airline passenger cases to the FBI for possible criminal prosecution.
The FAA told FOX Business that these were the "most egregious" incidents out of the nearly 6,500 cases reported since January 2021.
Airlines have already reported 499 cases of unruly passenger incidents since the beginning of 2022, according to FAA data. The majority of cases, 324, are related to passengers not abiding by the federal mask mandate.
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The FAA started investigations into 123 of those reported cases and initiated enforcement action in 59 cases, which means the FAA is in the process of levying fines for those passengers.
In 2021, there were over 5,900 cases reported to the FAA.
Although the FAA has the ability to propose hefty fines against unruly passengers – as much as $37,000 per violation – it can't prosecute criminal cases.