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FAA sends 37 unruly passenger cases to FBI for criminal prosecution review
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has sent the FBI 37 of the most "egregious" unruly passenger cases for criminal prosecution review.
While the FAA can propose fines against unruly passengers, the agency can't prosecute criminal cases.
To try and combat the aggressive rise in incidents, officials from the FAA and Justice Department began meeting in August to "develop an efficient method for referring the most serious unruly-passenger cases for potential criminal prosecution," the agencies said in a joint statement.
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If the evidence supports a criminal review, the FAA will then refer cases to the FBI.
To date, there have been about 5,033 reported cases of unruly passenger incidents. The FAA started investigations into 950 of those reported cases and initiated enforcement action in 227 cases, which means the FAA is in the process of levying fines for those passengers.
About 37 of the cases in which the FAA initiated an enforcement action were then sent to the FBI, according to the FAA.
However, the FAA confirmed to FOX Business that it is regularly forwarding cases to the FBI and that number is likely to increase in a matter of 24 hours.