Exclusive: FAA chief vows 'zero tolerance' approach to disruptive passengers, warns of possible jail time

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Dickson told Reuters the FAA’s special emphasis program would last through March 30 and warned disruptive passengers could face up to $35,000 fines and possible jail time. He emphasized the agency will not issue warning letters or negotiation of penalties.

“We will no longer adjudicate certain of these unruly passenger cases with counseling or warnings. We’re going to go straight to enforcement,” Dickson told Reuters, who also briefed airlines on the new policy. “We’ve seen a disturbing increase in these incidents.”

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