2021 Unruly Passenger Data

The FAA investigates unruly-passenger incidents that airline crews report to the agency. The 2021 data below reflects all cases the FAA investigated that cited violations of one or more FAA regulations or federal laws.

2021 Year-End Totals

  • 5,981 Unruly Passenger Reports
  • 4,290 Mask-related Incidents Reported
  • 1,113 Investigations Initiated
  • 350 Enforcement Actions Initiated

In 2021, the FAA proposed $5 million in fines against unruly passengers.

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Unruly passenger rate is 6.9 incidents per 10k flights for the week of December 26, 2021.


Last updated: Friday, April 22, 2022