The FBI and TSA have been urged to add all identified rioters on the no-fly list for fear of safety of other passengers on the plane.
Videos of passengers donning outfits supporting Trump being kicked out of flights have been shared all over social media platforms. These clips have been circulating with the hashtags #NoFlyList and #TerroristTears. While Queerty states that it's not clear if the people in these videos have any connection the last week’s Capitol riots that took place on the 6th of Jan, Snopes clarifies, “while videos show people who were removed from flights for being unruly or refusing to wear a mask, these people were not added to the FBI’s terrorist no-fly list.”
Was he crying like this when he was invading the Capitol?? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/dCmYEON8mR— No Fly List Vids (@NoFlyListVids) January 11, 2021
CNN also mentioned that the people being kicked out of the flight may not necessarily be on the FBI-managed no-fly list. When someone's on the official no-fly list, then they would be stopped at the TSA before they can proceed any further. So these videos don't mean that the rioters are finding out they're on an official no-fly list. Rather, it means that the airlines and its staff are making these decisions based on angry passengers refusing to cooperate with the protocols.
MAGAt who stormed the Capitol: “You treat me like a f*cking Black person!”— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) January 11, 2021
These racist terrorists fully expected their whiteness to protect them from any consequences for their crimes, including murder.#NoFlyList #TrumpInsurection #CapitolRiots pic.twitter.com/HnfN44qZ2z
Airline companies have warned passengers that they are allowed to have their own no-fly list. Airline companies have been worried about the safety and security of the other passengers on board after the riots. "We are incredibly concerned about recent politically motivated incidents onboard passenger aircraft," read a statement from the APFA president Julie Hedrick. "Regardless of one's political beliefs, the cabin of a commercial aircraft must, out of necessity, be a calm environment for the safety of everyone on board."
However, union reps are calling the FBI to add as many rioters as possible to the federal no-fly list to discourage dangerous or disturbing behavior on flights. "Airlines and law enforcement agencies have bolstered security at Washington-area airports this week after reports of 'mob behavior' on flights in and out of the region surrounding Wednesday's siege on the US Capitol," according to a January 9 statement from the Association of Flight Attendants.
"Every airline flying out of the region over the last several days has experienced incidents onboard. Flight Attendants House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson on Thursday urged TSA and the FBI to add 'violent perpetrators' who participated in the Capitol riots to the federal No-Fly List." Representative Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, reportedly called on the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI to put participants of the riot on the federal no-fly list.
“Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No Fly List and keep them off planes," he said. "This should include all individuals identified as having entered the Capitol building – an intrusion which threatened the safety of Members of Congress and staff and served as an attack on our Nation."
Meanwhile, according to USA Today, the Federal Aviation Administration had issued a stern warning to the public flying to and from Washington. "Federal law prohibits you from physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault the crew, and anyone else, on an aircraft," the FAA said in a tweet over the weekend. "You could be subject to fines of up to $35K and imprisonment for such conduct."