During the earlier part of February, Edward Bastian, the CEO of Delta Airlines, wrote to the Justice Department with an extraordinary request.
In Bastian’s letter, he urged the Department of Justice to put anyone convicted of disruptive conduct on aircraft on the federal no-fly list.
The Delta Airlines CEO cited massive rises of mask-related conflicts on planes as the reason behind his request. He also claimed that amending the no-fly list in the aforementioned fashion would communicate zero tolerance for dangerous behavior during air travel.
Bastian’s appeal to the Justice Department has triggered some backlash. Namely, the overwhelming concerns assert that the no-fly list will essentially be weaponized and used as a tool to punish people who aren’t doing things like violently attacking flight attendants.
In the wake of the Delta CEO’s request, Republican lawmakers have written to the Justice Department with their letter, as The Federalist covers.
Multiple GOP senators believe that the Department of Justice should turn down Bastian’s request regarding placing sure passengers on the United States’ no-fly list.
Republican lawmakers made the case that while various airline companies are within their rights to ban unruly passengers from receiving service, the federal government shouldn’t involve itself by adding these folks to the no-fly list.
Furthermore, GOP senators informed the Justice Department that putting the aforementioned individuals on the federal no-fly list would breach their constitutional rights to partake in interstate travel.
Republicans also noted their opposite against airline workers being subjected to violence.
Thus far, the Justice Department has not made a formal decision regarding putting persons convicted of unruly behavior amid air travel on the no-fly list. In response to Bastian’s letter weeks ago, the department stated it would pass along his requests to the appropriate office.
Data from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates a significant majority of disputes on aircraft have dealt with mask mandates.
The federal mask mandate for air travel is expected to expire on March 18. However, there is a genuine possibility that Biden will end up extending the mandate for as long as he possibly can.
On social media, some people have indicated they won’t be flying with Delta Airlines anytime soon, in light of the CEO’s request to the Department of Justice.