Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated the Biden administration’s mandate requiring masks on airplanes and in public transport will both expire or be renewed on April 18 — no decision has been made.
“We all want to get to where there are fewer restrictions. We just need to get to a point where it is safe to do that,” Buttigieg instructed ABC’s “The View” on Friday.
The Federal Aviation Administration additionally stated Friday that it it looking for the biggest fines but for passengers who disrupt flights after two incidents that occurred on airliners final summer season.
The FAA stated it proposed a civil penalty of $81,950 in opposition to a passenger who struck a flight attendant on the top, tried to open a cabin door and headbutted, spit at and tried to kick crew members and passengers even after she was positioned in versatile handcuffs.
The incident occurred on an American Airlines flight final July. The FAA stated the passenger was arrested when the aircraft landed in Charlotte, NC.
The FAA is looking for a $77,272 nice in opposition to a girl who tried to open a cabin door throughout a flight and bit one other passenger repeatedly earlier than she was restrained by the crew on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta final July.
Neither individual was recognized. They have 30 days to reply to the accusations.
The FAA stated the fines are a part of roughly $2 million in proposed penalties it has introduced since Jan. 1. Airlines have reported a excessive variety of incidents since early 2021 — greater than 1,000 this year alone — with most of them involving passengers who refuse to put on face masks.