FAA Seeks $162K In Fines Against Eight Passengers

From the Federal Aviation Administration:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes $161,823 in civil penalties against eight airline passengers for alleged unruly behavior involving alcohol. Since Jan. 1, 2021, the FAA has received nearly 300 reports of passenger disturbances due to alcohol and intoxication.

$24,000 against a passenger on a March 31, 2021, Delta Air Lines flight from Fort Meyers, Fla., to Detroit, Mich. The FAA alleges the passenger repeatedly took off his facemask after crewmembers told him multiple times to keep it on. He repeatedly swore at other passengers and accused them of stealing his property. After crewmembers asked him multiple times to calm down, he yelled at one of them, “This is America. This is free speech. What don’t you understand?”

$34,250 against a passenger on a March 14, 2021, American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, to Burbank, Calif. The FAA alleges the passenger refused to wear his facemask several times at the beginning of the flight, including during the time he was asleep. The passenger began yelling profanities at the other passengers and crew. A flight attendant de-escalated the situation, and law enforcement was requested to meet the passenger at the arrival gate. He continued to not wear his mask properly for the remainder of the flight.

$17,000 against a passenger on an April 16, 2021, jetBlue Airlines flight from New York City, N.Y., to Guayaquil, Ecuador. The FAA alleges the passenger drank alcohol that the airline did not serve to him, which is against federal regulation. The FAA further alleges the passenger urinated on the lavatory floor, verbally abused the flight crew, and refused to follow crew instructions to wear a facemask. The flight diverted to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., due to his actions.

$40,823 against a passenger on an April 15, 2021, Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose, Calif., to San Diego, Calif. The FAA alleges the passenger drank their own alcohol during the flight, and continued to do so after a flight attendant told the passenger that was prohibited. The passenger then sexually assaulted the flight attendant. As the flight was descending into San Diego, the passenger entered the lavatory and smoked marijuana.

The other four cases are at the link above.