Passenger Safety

Kimberly Redmond | |

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants US passenger airlines to do more to address the surge in incidents involving unruly or violent passengers.

On Tuesday, the FAA sat down with trade groups, including the Regional Airline Association, the National Air Carrier Association and Airlines for America, asking that they commit to taking more action and respond within a week with what steps they will implement over the next month.

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday issued a directive to operators of all Boeing Co 737 series airplanes to conduct inspections to address possible failures of cabin altitude pressure switches.

The directive requires operators to conduct repetitive tests of the switches and replace them if needed. The directive covers 2,502 U.S.-registered airplanes and 9,315 airplanes worldwide.

Kimberly Redmond | |

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to crack down on unruly flyers.

On Tuesday, the agency announced proposed fines totaling $124,500 against eight plane passengers — the latest round of penalties associated with the FAA’s “zero-tolerance policy” for dangerous and disruptive behavior.

Kimberly Redmond | |

United Airlines will start requiring new hires to show proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, making it the second major US air carrier to implement such a policy.

Under the new mandate, external candidates with job offers made after June 15, 2021, must upload their vaccination card into United’s system within seven days of joining the company — unless they qualify for a religious or medical accommodation, CNBC reported Monday.

Kimberly Redmond | |

Leaving middle seats vacant on airplanes may significantly reduce a passenger’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a new study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the report released Wednesday, exposure to SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 23% to 57% in scenarios in which the middle seat was empty in comparison with full aircraft occupancy.