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Woman Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Outburst That Forced Fighter Jet Escort

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A British woman who was issued a lifetime ban and billed more than $100,000 by low-cost carrier Jet2 following a drunken outburst aboard a flight from London to Turkey last year has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Citing the U.K.’s PA Media news agency reports, CNN reported that 26-year-old Chloe Haines mixed alcohol and medication before becoming disruptive, attempting to open the plane’s door and ultimately forcing a pair of Royal Air Force fighter jets to spring into action and escort the aircraft back to London Stansted Airport on June 22, 2019, causing a sonic boom above Essex, England.

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“Ms. Haines’ behavior was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behavior that we have experienced, and we have banned her from flying with us for life,” said Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays in a statement.

During sentencing, Judge Charles Gratwicke said that “those that are trapped in the confined space of the aircraft will inevitably be distressed, frightened and petrified by the actions of those who in a drunken state endanger their lives.”

“For some, it will be their worst nightmare come true,” he added.

Haines’ sentencing comes just two weeks after a drunk passenger forced an easyJet flight to make an emergency landing in Scotland and only one month after a new international treaty to improve prosecution of unruly airline passengers went into effect.

“We have been leading the industry to tackle the issue of drinking to excess in the airport before flying, as well as the illicit consumption of duty-free alcohol on board the aircraft, for some time,” added Heapy via CNN. “As another busy summer approaches, we look forward to continuing to work with the government and our partners across the industry to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey without the minority spoiling it.”

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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