Sunny Hostin, co-host of "The View," expressed shock Wednesday after learning that she actually agreed with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — and claimed she was "creeped out by it."
What is the background?
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, the nation's largest flight attendant union, is advocating for unruly passengers to be placed on a national no-fly list. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian agrees and sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week requesting the DOJ prosecute unruly passengers and place them on a no-fly list.
But Republican lawmakers are pushing back.
A group of eight GOP senators wrote Garland this week condemning the request. They explained that placing unruly passengers, including those who become agitated over the federal mask mandate for transportation, on the federal no-fly list "would seemingly equate them to terrorists who seek to actively take the lives of Americans and perpetrate attacks on the homeland."
What did Hostin say?
Speaking about the issue on "The View," Hostin explained that, in agreement with Cruz, she opposes taking such dramatic actions against unruly airline passengers.
"It scares me, though. I never thought there would be a day when I kind of agree with Ted Cruz, so I feel kind of creeped out by it. I feel very weird about this," Hostin admitted.
Noting the possible repeal of the federal mask mandate on airplanes, Hostin then explained why she opposes the push to expand the no-fly list.
"The mask mandate is gonna be, I think, overturned on March 18th, and it's not even going to be a TSA mandate anymore. And now you'll have people on the no-fly list for a law that's not even in place," Hostin said. "And it deputizes flight attendants. They have a very hard job, but who decides which passenger gets put on that no-fly list?"
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Co-host Whoopi Goldberg, however, expressed support for adding unruly passengers to no-fly lists, saying the government must "become nannies" to handle unruly passengers.
"We have to become nannies because people don't do the right thing," Goldberg said.
Meanwhile, co-host Joy Behar compared the issue to other developments on airlines, like smoking being banned and flight desks being locked because of Sept. 11. Behar then claimed, without evidence, that Cruz and other Republican lawmakers who wrote to Garland do not actually care about the issue, but are just playing politics.