Radical Democrat Rep. Al Green, D-La. said airlines should tell passengers both before boarding and in the air that in-flight disruptions could lead to a maximum $35,000 fine or imprisonment.
He said these warnings will help “deter any eruption of violence or chaos.”
“Creating a disruption on an airplane that adversely impacts the flight can be worse than shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater because there is no immediate, safe exit available,” Green said in a press release.
Green and 12 other Democrat representatives made this request in a letter to the TSA administrator, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the FAA administrator, and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Transportation.
As the pretext for the further removal of freedom on public transportation, Green said “President Trump and his followers have greatly threatened the democracy of this country” by protesting at the US Capitol.
The Democrats’ attempt to intimidate Republicans comes after some of President Donald Trump’s supporters found themselves in impromptu in-flight MAGA parties on their way to the Save America March in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.
“Since Wednesday, countless Members of Congress and individuals have reported being harassed and threatened at various airports, including at boarding gates and mid-flight,” Green wrote in the letter.
On a few flights, passengers became frustrated that Trump’s supporters — who made up the majority of the flight’s passengers — were cheering, chatting, and recording the in-flight MAGA rally, which led to a few verbal confrontations, though nothing escalated to violence.
In one video, a Trump supporter confronted Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, for his failure to support the president’s election integrity efforts.
Romney and other members of Congress said they felt threatened because they had to answer tough questions from the American people.
“If at no other time than while 35,000 feet in the air, going 500 mph, we must heed the warning of Dr. King: ‘We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools,'” Green said.
“We cannot allow our differences to destroy us,” he added.