RuPaul shared his displeasure of anti-maskers who have created an unprecedented surge in unruly passenger incidents onboard U.S. planes in recent months as he guest-hosted the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Wednesday.
“You know, there are so many reports of unruly passengers taking off their masks and getting into fights,” the comedian and drag queen whose career took off to new heights in the self-titled RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise.
RuPaul highlighted the latest efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate passengers about its zero-tolerance campaign with a public service announcement that warns: “Unruly behavior doesn’t fly”.
“I just feel like it needs to be a little more direct,” RuPaul mused. “Something like, you know, ‘Be cool or we will kick you in the cockpit”.
“It’s getting serious out there,” RuPaul continued as he offered up three top tips for passengers”
- Rule number one, you should never have more drinks than there are flight attendants on the plane. (thank goodness no U.S. airline operates the Airbus A380 superjumbo).
- Rule two, keep your carry on baggage in the ovehead compartment – and keep your emotional baggage to yourself.
- And rule number three, if you don’t own the plane, you don’t make the rules.
“So put on your mask, watch Boss Baby and shut the f**k up,” RuPaul concluded.
The full skit can be watched in the video above.
Last week, the FAA announced it had received 3,889 reports of unruly behavior by passengers in 2021 alone. Almost three-quarters of all unruly passenger reports are connected to face mask non-compliance.
In recent months, the FAA has passengers has fined passengers for threatening and assaulting flight attendants, throwing things at other passengers, snorting cocaine, smoking and vaping onboard and shouting obscenities at crew and passengers. Many of the incidents are exacerbated by passengers drinking their own alcohol that they’ve smuggled aboard.
The FAA has the power to slap unruly passengers with fines of up to $35,000 and the agency has already dished out more than $1 million worth of civil penalties since the start of 2021. Unfortunately, the tough approach has done little to stem the tide of unruly passenger incidents.
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Mateusz Maszczynski honed his skills as an international flight attendant at the most prominent airline in the Middle East and has been flying throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for a well-known European airline. Matt is passionate about the aviation industry and has become an expert in passenger experience and human-centric stories. Always keeping an ear close to the ground, Matt's industry insights, analysis and news coverage is frequently relied upon by some of the biggest names in journalism.