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Airlines are struggling to deal with racist, homophobic, ageist and sexually abusive passengers on their flights, with 350 reported cases of such misconduct reported last year, Bloomberg reports, citing provisional data from the International Air Transport Association.

Why it matters: Several airlines have faced public criticism for their inability to prevent misconduct on their flights, while only one in 20 passengers are removed from planes for such behavior.

By the numbers:

  • Police or security officers were involved in just 178 of last year's 350 reported cases (this does not include incidents that went unreported).
  • Only 17 passengers were removed from the aircraft.
  • 178 were issued warnings.

What's happening: The data from the IATA highlights drunkenness and violence as the main catalysts behind such behavior, per Bloomberg. Data from the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority reports that unruly behavior due to intoxication has quadrupled in the country since 2013.

What they're doing: Airline personnel are receiving increased training in monitoring passenger alcohol consumption as well as deescalation techniques for when such incidents may occur. But the IATA says there is more work to be done.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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  3. Business: Winter threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.