Love those TSA PreCheck perks? Behave on the plane or you could lose them


Unruly airline passengers face fines and an airline ban from future flights, but the deterrents haven’t put an end to the high-profile air rage incidents this year.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration hope a new penalty will help.

Beginning immediately, airline passengers who refuse to wear a mask, threaten or assault flight crews and otherwise behave badly face the loss of their TSA PreCheck perks.

The trusted traveler program, which costs $85 for five years and requires a background check, is a fast-pass through airport security, with enrolled passengers going through a dedicated security lane where they can keep their shoes on and laptops and approved liquids in their carry-on bags.

“If you act out of line, you will wait in line,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. “Our partnership aims to promote safe and responsible passenger behavior. One unruly incident is one too many.” 

The FAA said it will provide TSA with information on passengers facing proposed fines for unruly behavior. 

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A TSA spokesperson said in a statement that passengers facing fines will be denied expedited security screening “for a period of time.”  The duration will be determined by the seriousness of the behavior and/or history of regulatory violations, according to the statement.

Through Dec. 21, the FAA said it has received 5,779 unruly passenger reports, with 1,054 investigations initiated and 325 enforcement cases initiated.

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