Unruly Passenger Statistics
Hover over the interactive graph below to see weekly unruly passenger incidents per 10,000 flights.
The rate of unruly passenger incidents has dropped by over 80 percent since record-highs in early 2021, but there remains more work to do. See the latest data.
- Interfering with the duties of a crewmember violates federal law.
- The FAA has civil authority, allowing it to impose fines. It does not have criminal prosecutorial authority.
- As part of the FAA's Reauthorization Bill, FAA can propose up to $37,000 per violation for unruly passenger cases. Previously, the maximum civil penalty per violation was $25,000. One incident can result in multiple violations.
- The repercussions for passengers who engage in unruly behavior can be substantial. They can be fined by the FAA or prosecuted on criminal charges.
- Security violations are excluded. Those cases are handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
View Acting Administrator Nolen's video on FAA Zero Tolerance Policy
Children know it’s not safe to disrupt a flight. You should too. The FAA has ZERO TOLERANCE for not following crew instructions.
- ZERO-TOLERANCE DIGITAL TOOLKIT
- “GET VAXED, WEAR A MASK, AND COME FLY WITH US.” FAA'S THE AIR UP THERE PODCAST
- FAA ADMINISTRATOR'S LETTER TO AIRPORT LEADERS ON THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
- "YOU DON'T WANT THIS LETTER" VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
- "YOU DON'T WANT YOUR PILOTS DISTRACTED" VIDEO ON YOUTUBE
- UNRULY PASSENGER PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
- "FLY RIGHT! HOW TO BE A GOOD AIRLINE PASSENGER" MEDIUM BLOG POST