Despite the threat of tens of thousands of dollars in fines, droves of passengers continue to exhibit unruly behavior on flights, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data shows.
There were about 7.1 reported incidents per 10,000 flights for the week ending Sept. 26, according to the FAA's latest figures. Earlier in September, unruly passenger incidents were occurring approximately six times per every 10,000 flights, which had been a 50% drop from figures in early 2021, according to the FAA.
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To date, there have been 4,626 unruly passenger reports from flight crews with mask-related incidents accounting for 3,366 of them.
There have been 849 investigations initiated and about 177 enforcement cases initiated, according to the FAA.