"The policy directs our safety inspectors and attorneys to take strong enforcement action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time," FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. "The number of cases we're seeing is still far too high, and it tells us urgent action continues to be required."
The initial order went into force Jan. 13, a week after airlines reported a wave of disruptive behavior linked to the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. It was due to expire at the end of March.
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The FAA said airlines had reported more than 500 incidents to the agency since late December, mostly involving passengers refusing to wear masks.