Airlines have banned hundreds of passengers for unruly behavior since the start of the pandemic. Delta Air Lines wants carriers to share those lists.
The Atlanta-based carrier has asked "other airlines to share their 'no fly' list to further protect airline employees across the industry — something we know is top of mind for you as well," Kristen Manion Taylor, Delta's senior vice president of in-flight service, wrote to flight attendants on Wednesday. "A list of banned customers doesn't work as well if that customer can fly with another airline."
Flight attendant and pilot labor unions have raised alarms about unruly passenger behavior that's surged during the coronavirus pandemic. Reports have included incidents of shouting, verbal abuse of crews and, in rare cases, physical assault.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents some 50,000 cabin crew members across more than a dozen airlines, has previously called for a centralized database of banned airline passengers.