Delta Air Lines has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to establish a federal "no-fly" list and to put any passenger convicted of disrupting a flight on it. "This action will help prevent future incidents and serve as a strong symbol of the consequences of not complying with crew member instructions on commercial aircraft," CEO Ed Bastian said in a letter this week to Garland, CNN reports. The current US no-fly list is used only as a counterterrorism measure. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has said a list of disruptive airline passengers should be considered.
Last year was the worst ever for passenger behavior, the Federal Aviation Administration said; it received nearly 6,000 reports of unruly customers. Of those cases, 4,290 involved disputes over wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, per the Washington Post. More than 1,000 investigations were launched, more than seven times the number conducted in 2019 cases. Bastian urged other airlines to share their list of names of unruly passengers, per NBC, to ensure offenders are kept off all carriers. The increase in incidents has prompted a public campaign by the FAA with the slogan, "Unruly behavior doesn't fly." (Read more Delta Air Lines stories.)