Could Mike Tyson’s passenger fight put him on the no-fly list?


Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson allegedly got into an altercation with a passenger on a JetBlue flight on Wednesday, prompting inquiries about whether the boxing legend will face any consequences.

Multiple sources reported that on a flight departing San Francisco International on Wednesday, Tyson threw several punches at a passenger which apparently irritated him.

A witness told TMZ that before the altercation, Tyson was friendly and took photos with several fans before the plane took off. A man, believed to be intoxicated, continued to speak to Tyson after the 55-year-old boxer asked him to leave him alone. When the passenger failed to do so, Tyson allegedly punched him repeatedly.

The altercation left the passenger bloodied and he received medical attention before speaking to police, TMZ reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Newsweek that no report had been filed on the incident Thursday morning.

“The FAA is reviewing all airline reports of passenger disruptions. We do not have a report at this time of an unruly passenger incident on a JetBlue flight yesterday,” the administration said.

It’s unclear if Tyson will face repercussions for the attack, but some wonder if the brawl could put Tyson on some form of “no-fly list.”

The federal no-fly list currently operates to keep suspected terrorists off flights, but there have been previous calls for unruly passengers to be placed on a subset of that list.

According to the Washington Post, Delta Airlines sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland in February asking that anyone found guilty of disrupting a flight be placed on the government list.

Although there is currently no federal “no-fly list” for unruly passengers, individual airlines have the authority to ban passengers from flying with them, and there have been several instances where passengers were banned.

Nearly 1,000 passengers have been grounded on United Airlines flights due to unruly behavior and mask violations. In October 2021, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said blacklisting passengers on violent planes should be considered.

According to the FAA’s website, the current consequences for unruly passengers can result in up to $37,000 in fines per violation.

Mike Tyson allegedly got into a physical argument with a passenger on a flight on Wednesday, punching him repeatedly. In this photo, Tyson attends the Mike Tyson Cares & We 2 Matter fundraiser on December 5, 2021 in Newport Beach, California.
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Besides the altercation on the plane, Tyson is known to have bitten off part of boxer Evander Holyfield’s ear in the ring. He was also convicted and sentenced to six years in prison for rape, but was released on parole after serving three years.

Newsweek contacted a representative for Tyson and JetBlue Airways for additional comment.


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