Conducted by the Federal Air Marshal Service, the TSA self defense program is a four hour course that aims to teach flight crews basic self defense techniques. Though temporarily suspended early in the pandemic, the training returned in July as incidents of unruly airline passengers have skyrocketed. The Federal Aviation Administration reported this week that so far in 2021 there have been 5,779 incidents of unruly passengers on flights, most related to anger over masking requirements.
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