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S. 4019 (117th): Protection from Abusive Passengers Act

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This is literally a fight-or-flight situation.


Unruly airline passengers had always been a relatively rare occurrence. But largely due to arguments over federal mask mandates, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) initiated 1,113 investigations into unruly passengers in 2021, or more than triple the amount in any other year. 71 percent of unruly passenger reports were due to mask-related incidents.

Punishments have largely come in the form of fines. Just last week, the FAA recommended an all-time record $81,950 fine for an unruly passenger:

It’s worth noting here that airline staff only enforce the mask mandate but they don’t actually create it. The mandate has been both instituted and extended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

The mask mandate was struck down as unconstitutional by a Florida district court …

Sponsor and status

John F. “Jack” Reed

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 6, 2022
Length: 8 pages
Apr 6, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 6, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Apr 6, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 4019 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4019. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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