New deal could check PreCheck privileges for unruly passengers

Unruly airline passengers could have their TSA PreCheck privileges revoked under a new partnership between the TSA and the FAA.

“If you act out of line, you will wait in line,” FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in prepared remarks Wednesday. “Our partnership aims to promote safe and responsible passenger behavior. One unruly incident is one too many.”

Under the partnership, the FAA will provide TSA with information on passengers facing fines for unruly behavior. The security agency will then have the option of deeming those individuals too high-risk to be eligible for PreCheck screening.

“This partnership with FAA will help ensure the safety and security of all passengers and hold those who violate federal regulations accountable for their actions,” TSA administrator David Pekoske said.

This year so far the FAA has received approximately 5,800 unruly passenger reports and has initiated more than 1,000 investigations, which have led to 325 enforcement cases.

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More than 4,100 of the incident reports have been related to noncompliance with the federal mask mandate.

The unruly passenger incident rate has been largely level since June at approximately 7 per 10,000 flights, down from approximately 13 per 10,000 flights early in the year, according to the FAA.

 
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