Delta Air Lines urged other airlines to help create a national “no-fly” list of banned passengers to deter unruly behavior in aircraft as travel returns.
Delta said that more than 1,600 passengers have been added to their own “no-fly” list for “disruptive behavior” throughout the pandemic.
Most incidents involved passengers who refuse to follow the federal mask-wearing mandate, which has increased passenger aggression since the pandemic started.
Delta said in a memo sent to flight attendants on Sep. 22 that they have “asked other airlines to share their ‘no-fly’ list to further protect airline employees across the industry.”
“A list of banned customers doesn’t work as well if that customer can fly with another airline,” Delta maintained.
While the rate of unruly passenger incidents has dropped sharply, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the number remains too high, having recorded 4,385 incidents in 2021 as of Sep. 21.
United Airlines has also banned more than 1,000 people during the pandemic for unruly behavior, according to CEO Scott Kirby.
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