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S. 4019: Protection from Abusive Passengers Act

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This is literally a fight-or-flight situation.

Context

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 “Jack” Reed

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 6, 2022
Length: 8 pages
Introduced
Apr 6, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Status

Introduced on Apr 6, 2022

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 6, 2022. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

Prognosis
1% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

Apr 6, 2022
 
Introduced

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S. 4019 is 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.

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