Designed to combat aircraft hijackings which arise while aircrafts are in flight, Public Law 87-197 was signed by President John F. Kennedy on September 5, 1961. Prior to this time, few laws specifically met the venue issue of aircraft in flight.
From that act…
“AUTHORITY TO REFUSE TRANSPORTATION”
“SEC. 1111. Subject to reasonable rules and regulations prescribed by the Administrator, any air carrier is authorized to refuse transportation to a passenger or to refuse to transport property when, in the opinion of the air carrier, such transportation would or might be inimical to safety of flight.”
All violations mentioned within this act are subject to investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the Department of Justice.