Sen. Jack Reed is set to reintroduce the Protection from Abusive Passengers Act, which aims to enhance air travel safety by prohibiting those fined or convicted of severe physical violence on commercial flights. The move comes after various incidents onboard planes involving passenger misconduct, including one in which a man from Massachusetts allegedly tried to open an emergency exit and then attempted to stab a flight attendant with a metal spoon. At an event, trained flight attendants will also recount their experiences of being assaulted while on the job. Despite the end of mask mandates on flights, the Federal Aviation Administration recorded 831 cases of unruly-passenger incidents in 2022, up from 146 four years ago. The proposed legislation will give the TSA the power to decide how long a person is prohibited from flying following an offense.

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