- Interfering with the duties of a crewmember violates federal law.
- The FAA has civil authority, allowing it to impose fines. It does not have criminal prosecutorial authority.
- As part of the FAA's Reauthorization Bill, FAA can propose up to $37,000 per violation for unruly passenger cases. Previously, the maximum civil penalty per violation was $25,000. One incident can result in multiple violations.
- The repercussions for passengers who engage in unruly behavior can be substantial. They can be fined by the FAA or prosecuted on criminal charges.
- Security violations are excluded. Those cases are handled by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).