FAA imposes highest-ever fines on two unruly passengers – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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The Federal Aviation Administration of the US Department of Transportation has imposed the largest-ever fines on two passengers for allegedly unruly behavior.

According to the FAA, the fines of $81,950 and $77,272, respectively, are part of the roughly $2 million the agency has proposed since January 1, 2022.

“If you’re on an airplane, don’t be a jerk or endanger flight crews and fellow passengers,” said US Transportation Sec. That’s what Pete Buttigieg told THE VIEW today when he announced the fines. “If you do that, you will be fined by the FAA.”

The FAA said the $81,950 fine relates to a passenger on an American Airlines flight July 7, 2021 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte, NC.

The FAA claimed the passenger threatened to hurt the flight attendant helping the passenger after she fell in the aisle.

The passenger then pushed the flight attendant aside and tried to open the cabin door, the FAA said.

According to the FAA, two flight attendants tried to restrain the passenger but repeatedly hit one of the flight attendants on the head.

After the passenger was held in flexible cuffs, the FAA said she spat at the crew and other passengers, headbutted, bit and attempted to kick. The police arrested her in Charlotte.

The FAA said the $77,272 fine relates to a passenger on a July 16, 2021 Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta.

The FAA said the passenger tried to hug and kiss the passenger next to her, walked to the front of the plane to try to exit the plane, refused to return to her seat and bit another passenger multiple times.

The crew had to physically restrain her, the FAA said.

According to the FAA, the department’s “Zero Tolerance” policy against unruly passenger behavior and the department’s awareness campaign has reduced the number of unmanageable incidents by nearly 60%.

Federal law prohibits interfering with aircrew or physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault aircrew or anyone else on board an aircraft.

The FAA said passengers are subject to civil penalties for such misconduct, which could threaten flight safety by disrupting or distracting cabin crew from their security duties.

Federal law also provides for criminal fines and incarceration for passengers who interfere with the performance of a crew member’s duties by attacking or intimidating that crew member, the FAA said.

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