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U.S. lawmaker urges FAA to extend 'zero tolerance' policy past March 30

Stock MarketsMar 11, 2021 06:10PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FAA Chief Steve Dickson speaks after test flight in a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in Seattle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend a "zero tolerance" policy for passengers not wearing masks or causing disturbances on flights.

In January, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order directing the policy after supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump were disruptive on some flights. Dickson warned that disruptive passengers could face up to $35,000 in fines and possible jail time and said the policy would last through March 30. Representative Peter DeFazio, who chairs the transportation committee, urged Dickson to continue the "policy until public health officials determine that mass vaccinations have eliminated the risk of infection" on airplanes.

U.S. lawmaker urges FAA to extend 'zero tolerance' policy past March 30
 

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Roger Miller
Roger Miller Mar 11, 2021 9:35PM ET
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I could understand if proper N95 masks were required, but I question the usefulness of the much less effective masks everyone is wearing in such a confined space. Healthcare workers insist on proper masks, and they work in much better ventilated environments.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 11, 2021 7:47PM ET
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These types of passengers are always the worst, narcissistic and loud. They don’t care about the safety or feelings of anyone but themselves.
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Options Trader Mar 11, 2021 7:38PM ET
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Interpretation: Don't stop the money train.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd Mar 11, 2021 6:27PM ET
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We want freedom , stop the covid hoax !
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Mar 11, 2021 6:27PM ET
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Bad bot
Dale Sulser
Dale Sulser Mar 11, 2021 6:27PM ET
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Yes, People want their freedoms, and rights back. Politicians using this pandemic for control issues.
 
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