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FAA Proposes Record Fines Against Unruly Air Passengers: NPR


Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport on August 17, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it is seeking record civil fines against two passengers who assaulted others on flights last summer.

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FAA Proposes Record Fines Against Unruly Air Passengers: NPR

Travelers pass through Salt Lake City International Airport on August 17, 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it is seeking record civil fines against two passengers who assaulted others on flights last summer.

Rick Bowmer/AP

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it was seeking the largest fines yet for passengers who disrupt flights after two jetliner incidents last summer.

The FAA said it is proposing a civil penalty of $81,950 against a female passenger who punched a flight attendant in the head, attempted to open a cabin door and headbutted, spat and attempted to give kicking crew members and passengers even after being placed in flexible handcuffs.

The incident happened on an American Airlines flight last July. The FAA said the passenger was arrested when the plane landed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

FAA seeks $77,272 fine from woman who tried to open cabin door during flight and bit another passenger multiple times before being restrained by crew on Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas in Atlanta last July.

Neither person has been identified. They have 30 days to respond to the charges.

The FAA said the fines are part of about $2 million in proposed penalties it has announced since Jan. 1. Airlines have reported a high number of incidents since the start of 2021 – more than 1,000 this year alone – most involving passengers who refuse to wear face masks.

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