Airlines for America supports FAA mask mandate, penalties for disruptive passengers
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One of air travel's largest trade organizations wants Americans to mask up and refrain from disrupting flights.
Airlines for America reiterated its stance on Wednesday in the name of health and safety following the Federal Aviation Administration's new national policy, which details higher civil penalties or jail time for "passengers who assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember" or keep a crewmember from completing their duties. FAA CHIEF ISSUES 'ZERO TOLERANCE' POLICY FOR UNRULY PASSENGERS AFTER RECENT INCIDENTS Nicholas E. Calio, the president and CEO at Airlines for America, issued a statement in support of the FAA's order, according to trade organization's press release. "The safety and security of passengers and employees is always the top priority of the U.S. airline industry, and we welcome the FAA's order to implement a more stringent policy regarding unruly passenger behavior," Calio said. "We cannot have any form of dangerous behavior that threatens the safety of passengers and crewmembers. We are…