Editor’s note: Delta CEO Ed Bastian is continuing to call for a national no-fly list of unruly passengers as cases of disruptive behavior, while rare, have increased. “Holding individuals accountable for criminal behavior shouldn’t be a controversial or partisan issue,” he said in an opinion column published by The Washington Post. “Even in a divided nation, we can agree that employee and passenger safety is a critical part of emerging from the pandemic and returning to our lives.”
Read an excerpt below and see the full op-ed at washingtonpost.com.
As the nation transitions to a “new normal” of managing the virus and as the airline industry gears up to accommodate the influx of passengers, it’s critical that we have all the tools available to mitigate in-flight misconduct.
That is why I have proposed that any person convicted of a crime because of an onboard disruption be added to a national, comprehensive “no-fly” list of unruly passengers.
Like other airlines, Delta maintains its own no-fly list for anyone who disrupts onboard safety or refuses to comply with crew instructions. But unfortunately, we’ve seen cases in which unruly passengers have simply switched airlines and continued to fly even after endangering flight safety. While each airline can take initiative and do its part, only a comprehensive list overseen by the federal government can close the loopholes and prevent disrupters from flying.