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Airlines and regulators turn to eye-poking flight attendants and eye-popping fines amid sharp rise in unruly passenger incidents

Airlines and federal regulators are scrambling to contain a sudden uptick in unruly passengers on planes. The FAA has received 3,420 "unruly passenger" reports in 2021, and 3,000 weapons have been seized at airports. Under zero-tolerance policy, fines are larger than ever, and some are pushing for federal prosecutions for in-flight assaults. See more stories on Insider's business page. In undisclosed locations near airports around the country this month, flight attendants are receiving training in aggressive self defense moves that are specially designed for close-quarters. Flight attendants learn the double-ear slap, the eye-poke,...