U.S. agencies report rising number of unruly airline passengers

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S federal agencies are dealing with a rising number of unruly airline passengers, including thousands who have refused to wear masks.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that since Jan. 1 it has received 3,509 unruly passenger reports, including 2,605 refusing to wear a mask. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told a U.S. House panel Tuesday that since that start of the COVID-19 pandemic there have been over 85 physical assaults on TSA officers.