Woman on JetBlue flight from Boston fined $29,000 for refusing to wear a mask, punching passenger in the face

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(American does serve alcohol in first class.) ... Southwest Airlines is the only other major U.S. carrier that is still not serving alcohol. The airline planned to resume sales on Hawaii flights on June 24 and most on July 14 but changed its mind after one of its flight attendants was physically assaulted by a passenger. USA TODAYDrinks on planes will have to wait: American Airlines won't resume alcohol sales in economy this year

The FAA wants to fine a passenger $45,000 for throwing luggage and putting his head up a flight attendant's skirt

Yahoo News 20 August, 2021 - 01:40pm

One passenger was fined $45,000 for throwing luggage and sticking his head up an attendant's skirt.

The latest penalties bring the total for 2021 to more than $1 million, with four months remaining.

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Shortly after departure from New York on May 24, a JetBlue passenger was accused of throwing his carry-on luggage, lying down in the aisle and refusing to get up, and grabbing a flight attendant by the ankles and sticking his head up her skirt.

After the crew restrained him with zip-ties, the plane made an emergency landing in Richmond, Virginia, where he was removed.

He may be fined $45,000, according to the latest announcement of proposed civil penalties released today from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The JetBlue passenger was just one of 34 against whom the FAA proposed fines against on Thursday for a total of $531,545, bringing the total for 2021 to more than $1 million.

The FAA report is a litany of the antisocial behavior that flight crews across the US have been tasked with managing during an already difficult year.

Another JetBlue passenger on a cross-country flight was accused of refusing to comply with the mask mandate, assaulting passengers, and snorting "what appeared to be cocaine from a plastic bag" before the flight was diverted to Minneapolis, where he was removed by law enforcement. He received a $42,000 fine.

While the vast majority of incidents were with male passengers, some women behaved badly too. One woman was accused of intentionally bumping into a seated passenger, then punching that passenger in the face when they protested.

Another woman was accused of throwing corn nuts at passengers and crew and shoving her middle fingers in the faces of crew members who asked her to stop.

Several passengers received $13,000 fines for incidents that included their refusal to stop drinking alcohol that the airline did not serve them.

On an Alaskan Airlines flight, one man was alleged to have harassed the crew and "acted as though his hand was a gun and made a 'pew-pew' noise as if he was shooting a fellow passenger." He was kicked off the flight and received a $10,000 fine.

Interfering with aircraft crew is against Federal law, as is physically assaulting or threatening assault crew or anyone else on an aircraft. Penalties can include fines and prison time if a person is found guilty. Passengers have 30 days to respond after the agency notifies them of an enforcement decision.

The FAA said it had received nearly 4,000 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including nearly 3,000 passengers refusing to wear a mask properly.

Flight attendants from several major US carriers previously told Insider's Allana Akhtar that they'd experienced increased levels of aggression from passengers this year. Others report having been punched, groped, spat at, and verbally abused by passengers for doing their jobs.

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