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Apparently, flying the friendly skies has become a lot more tense lately. Federal officials announced this week that they would be stepping up enforcement against loud and unruly airline passengers.

The latest move, according to the Associated Press, comes after the riot at the United States Capitol.

The Federal Aviation Administration said there has been “a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior. These incidents have stemmed both from passengers’ refusals to wear masks and from recent violence at the U.S. Capitol.”

The FAA said under an order signed by Administrator Stephen Dickson, unruly passengers will no longer get warnings. Instead, the agency said, it will launch legal enforcement actions. Penalties can includes fines up to $35,000 and jail terms for passengers who assault or threaten airline crews or other passengers.

The new rules will stay in place until March 30 according to the Associated Press.

When our family flew this past Christmas, you could tell people were maybe a little more tense than in the past and no one really liked wearing a mask for entire flight, but we had no issues at all on the planes we were on.

No one was thrown off the plane or even had to be warned  about wearing masks on our flights and passengers kept to themselves when fellow passengers had masks off to eat and drink.

Traveling can be stressful. Losing it on a plane is never good and now it will cost you a lot.

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