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FAA warns passengers of penalties after flight disruptions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning after a video surfaced showing angry fliers heckling Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits Republicans, please save your party MORE (R-Utah) over his refusal to support President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

In a statement released Friday on Twitter linking back to a longer blog post on the agency's website, the FAA urged passengers to "always follow crew instructions. They are there to keep everyone safe."

"Airline passengers: Unruly behavior on an airplane may violate federal law," the agency's statement continued.

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"Federal law prohibits you from physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault the crew, and anyone else, on an aircraft. You could be subject to fines of up to $35K and imprisonment for such conduct," the account tweeted on Saturday.

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Video went viral last week showing Romney and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief House Democratic leaders back Shalanda Young for OMB after Tanden withdrawal MORE (R-S.C.) being harassed at airports in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., respectively.

The two Republican senators have faced a backlash from Trump supporters after they refused to join other GOP senators such as Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington on high alert as QAnon theory marks March 4 MORE (Texas) and Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyCrenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks The Memo: Is Trump mounting a comeback — or finally fading? MORE (Mo.) in objecting to the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, two states won by Trump's opponent, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE.

Supporters of the president calling for more Republicans to join the effort were involved in a violent, deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left lawmakers, staffers and journalists fleeing for their lives and hiding in secure locations for hours. Congress eventually certified Biden's win.