Federal Aviation Administration chief Steve Dixon signed an order introducing a “zero-tolerance policy” following incidents of aggressive behavior by supporters of US President Donald Trump on several recent flights.
Dixon told Reuters that the special measures will be imposed until March 30 and warned that passengers who break the rules could face fines of up to $ 35,000 and jail time.
He stressed that the department will not send letters of warning or negotiate punishment.
Alaska Airlines said Friday it will no longer allow 14 passengers to fly after “inappropriate” behavior on a Washington-to-Seattle flight.
US airlines and law enforcement have stepped up security measures at Washington airports.
Capitol police officers will be on duty there to ensure the safety of lawmakers following the emergence of video recordings of harassment in terminal buildings.