John Garamendi

Assaulting an airport gate agent can now lead to major prison time

Assaulting an airport gate agent can now lead to major prison time

As airlines report increased violent incidents caused by unruly passengers, the federal government has ruled that anyone who assaults an airport ticket agent will face the same fines and prison time as if they had attacked a Transportation Security Administration agent or other law enforcement officer. 

The U.S. Department of Justice, in a letter to Rep. John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove), clarified this month that a federal law written to protect TSA agents and law enforcement officers in airports also applies to...

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