Justice Department directed US lawyers on Wednesday prioritized the prosecution of airline passengers who committed federal crimes on the plane.
why it matters: This statement of the department has come amid the increase in incidents of unruly passengers. Federal Aviation Administration Reporting over 5,000 incidents this year.
- The FAA and DOJ established an information-sharing protocol in August “to ensure that the department is notified of criminal conduct occurring on commercial aircraft,” according to the release.
- Attorney General Merrick Garland reiterated that federal law prohibits assault, intimidation and threats of violence, adding that such conduct “puts everyone in danger.”
What are they saying: Passengers who “harm flight crew and flight attendants … prevent the performance of critical duties that help ensure safe air travel,” Garland said in a statement.
- “The Department of Justice is committed to using its resources to prevent violence, intimidation, threats of violence … that endanger the safety of passengers, flight crew and flight attendants,” he said.