Advocates slam new Trump administration plan to fight sexual assault on flights

After a major increase in in-flight sexual assaults over the past four years, the U.S. Department of Transportation has taken a first step towards addressing the problem, announcing a task force to investigate the issue.

DOT secretary Elaine Chao has assembled a 14-member National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force to “review and evaluate current practices, protocols, and requirements of U.S. airlines in responding to and reporting allegations by passengers of sexual misconduct on board commercial aircraft,” she said in a statement this month. The task force will also provide recommendations on training, reporting, and data collection surrounding sexual misconduct on aircraft.

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