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FAA announces $81,000 fine for unruly passenger taped in flight

Woman faces $81,950 fine after allegedly ‘spitting, headbutting, biting and attempting to kick’ flight crew and other passengers while restrained for his unruly behavior aboard a domestic flight last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Friday. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke about the fine on ABC View Friday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FAA said the incident happened aboard an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, to Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 7.

“The FAA alleges the passenger threatened to harm the flight attendant who offered the passenger assistance after she fell in the aisle,” the agency said. “The passenger then pushed the stewardess aside and tried to open the cabin door.”

When two flight attendants attempted to restrain the unruly passenger, she allegedly unleashed a flurry of punches to one of their heads.

“After the passenger was restrained by flexible handcuffs, she spat, headbutted, bit, and attempted to kick the crew and other passengers,” according to the FAA. “Law enforcement apprehended her in Charlotte.”

the Charlotte Observer reported that the passenger had been glued to her seat during the flight.

A now-deleted TikTok video allegedly “showed the woman with duct tape over her mouth and her upper body taped to the seat with her hands at her sides,” Breitbart News reported several days after the incident.

In the statement, the agency announced that another passenger is facing a fine of $77,272 for their alleged behavior on board a Delta Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta on July 16, 2021:

The FAA alleges the passenger attempted to hug and kiss the passenger seated next to her; walked to the front of the aircraft to try to exit during the flight; refused to return to his seat; and bit another passenger several times. The crew had to physically restrain her.

The agency did not disclose the identity of the two passengers.

On Friday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appeared on ABC News Viewand guest co-host LeAnn Rimes asked him about the many cancellations and delays plaguing the aviation industry lately.


Rimes asked:

In the past week alone there have been over 12,000 cancellations and delays, and I’m just wondering with all the unruly passengers, with the whole situation, what are you going to do to ease all of this disruption that we’re experiencing traveling ?

Buttigieg didn’t detail a plan that would ease cancellations and delays, but did talk about the hefty fines that were announced after he appeared on the show:

Look, it’s one thing to be grumpy on a flight. I feel that sometimes when I’m canceled or delayed, but yeah, it’s another thing to endanger flight crews and endanger other passengers. We have no tolerance for this. The FAA is actually about to announce record fines for people who did this. Look, if you’re on a plane, don’t be stupid. Do not endanger your traveling companions.

But at the end of the day, if you do it on an airplane and endanger flight crews and other passengers, you’ll be fined by the FAA and you may also be referred to criminal prosecution, you risk to lose the privilege to fly on this airline, period.

When asked if the Biden administration would extend the federal mask mandate for airplanes, Buttigieg said he had “no news to report on that yet.”

On Wednesday, the Biden administration extended the term by two weeks, Breitbart News reported.


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