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FAA asks airports to help deal with surge in unruly passengers
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The Federal Aviation Administration said it wants airports to help tamp down bad behavior by travelers.
The number of incidents involving unruly passengers has surged this year, according to regulators. Flight attendants said they have been harassed, threatened and, in some cases, physically attacked.
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The FAA has pledged to take a more aggressive approach to pursuing punishments, including hefty fines, for passengers who flout safety rules. But the agency said it has been inundated with reports of out-of-control passengers, and needs help from airports and law enforcement.
"While the FAA has levied civil fines against unruly passengers, it has no authority to prosecute criminal cases," FAA Administrator Steve Dickson wrote to airport officials around the U.S. in a letter released Thursday. Law-enforcement officers are frequently asked to meet planes at their gates following incidents, but often release passengers without charges, Mr. Dickson wrote.