“It is completely unacceptable to mistreat, abuse or even disrespect flight crews,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” adding, “We will continue to look at all options to make sure that flight crews and passengers are safe.”
“There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of treatment of flight crews in the air or any of the essential workers — from bus drivers to air crews who get people to where they need to be,” he said.
“If you break the rules, be prepared to pay,” Biden said, speaking from the White House. “And by the way, show some respect. The anger you see on television toward flight attendants and others doing their job is wrong. It’s ugly.”
The civil penalties now range from $500 to $3,000, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The previous range was $250 to $1,500, and the highest fines of $1,000 to $3,000 are meant for repeat offenders of the mandate, the department said.
There is currently an FBI-managed federal no-fly list, which is designed to prevent known and suspected terrorists from getting airline tickets and boarding flights.