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Unruly passenger incidents rising again, FAA data shows

FAA figures released Tuesday show more disruptions on commercial flights in the past week than any week in the past two and a half months.

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Unruly passenger incidents are rising again, new Federal Aviation Administration numbers show.

FAA figures released Tuesday show more disruptions on commercial flights in the past week than any week in the past two and a half months.

The FAA says there were 128 new incidents reported by flight crews, bringing this year's total to 4,626 incidents. The new number is the highest weekly figure since the FAA started releasing weekly data on July 20.

About 72% of issues in the past week were over the federal transportation mask mandate, figures show.

The FAA adopted a zero-tolerance policy for unruly, sometimes violent passengers on board flights earlier this year.

The agency has proposed more than $1 million in fines against unruly airline passengers this year.

One $45,000 fine announced in August was against a passenger accused of throwing his luggage at another passenger and, while lying on the aisle floor, "grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and putting his head up her skirt."

Another passenger would not wear his face mask, the FAA, said, and "acted as though his hand was a gun and made a 'pew, pew' noise as if he was shooting a fellow passenger."