Man Faces Possible $52,500 Fine after Attack on Flight Attendant and Attempt to Open Cockpit
An unruly Delta Airlines passenger faces a $52,000 fine after new civil penalties were announced for him and three other passengers following an incident.
On Monday, the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, made a press release where it proposed civil penalties ranging from $9,000 to $52,000 against four airline passengers.
The FAA proposed the penalties after the four passengers allegedly interfered with and assaulted flight attendants. The passengers were instructed to obey airline instructions and federal regulations, but they disobeyed.
A male passenger receiving the highest potential penalty boarded a Delta flight on December 23, 2020. He boarded the flight from Honolulu, Hawaii, and was headed for Seattle, Wash.
The FAA alleged that the man tried severally to open the cockpit door and did not comply with instructions. He also physically assaulted a flight attendant by hitting him on the face and then shoving him to the ground.
Afterward, the man threatened the flight attendant. He charged at the attendant while the latter was trying to restrain him. The unruly passenger was restrained with plastic handcuffs.
However, he managed to free himself and hit the flight attendant in the face for the second time. When the aircraft landed, police officers boarded it and took the man into custody.
These cases add to the number of reported cases of unruly airline passengers' behaviors.
A second passenger who boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix, Arizona, to Chicago, on January 1, 2020, faces a potential $27,000 fine.
The passenger yelled and banged his hands on the seat in front of him. His actions disturbed the passengers close to him. Besides these actions, it was also alleged that the passenger yelled that he would kill someone.
He also claimed he had a bomb and would bomb the aircraft, causing the pilot to divert to Oklahoma City to allow police officers to arrest the man.
Another male passenger faces a potential $18,500 fine. The man boarded a JetBlue Airlines flight from Florida to Las Vegas on February 5, 2021.
He had drunk several mini bottles of alcohol, which flight attendants did not serve him. The man also removed his mask continually or wore it wrongly.
The fourth passenger faces a potential $9,000 fine. The passenger boarded a flight from Florida to Tennessee on February 15, 2021. He is said to have taken his face mask off repeatedly.
He also stood near a flight attendant without wearing her mask properly and screamed at the attendant. She also cursed another flight attendant who tried to provide a disturbance form and told them they could not do anything to her.
These cases add to the number of reported cases of unruly airline passengers' behaviors. Earlier this month, a woman was accused of attacking an American Airlines flight attendant during a flight from Miami to New York.
The woman, identified as Chenasia Campbell, left her seat during the flight before following a flight attendant to the crew area. There, she started yelling at the attendant for not picking up her trash.
When another flight attendant tried to intervene, Campbell accused them of pushing her and then hit the intervening attendant with a closed fist. She also pulled the attendant's hair.
Campbell caused further disturbances before an off-duty New York City Police Department officer on the plane intervened and restrained her until she was arrested at the airport.