On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration released a roundup of fines levied against “passengers for alleged assault-related unruly behavior” totaling more than $225,000 and a pair of Texas flights made this list.
Since the start of 2021, the FAA said it has received over 100 reports involving passenger disturbances and physical assaults while noting the rate of these incidents has “dropped sharply” on commercial flights since the launch of the agency’s zero-tolerance campaign. The two alleged incidents on Texas flights are listed below.
Austin, Texas, to San Francisco, Calif. (Fine: $32,000)
On May 18, during a flight from Austin to San Francisco, the FAA said it alleges a “passenger did not follow crew instruction to fasten her seatbelt. She punched and screamed at her husband and son, repeatedly, diverting flight attendants from their duties. She threw trash at a flight attendant, and snatched cookies from a nearby passenger.”
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, to Aspen, Colo. (Fine: $23,000)
On March 11, during a flight from Dallas-Forth Worth to Aspen, Colo., the FAA said it alleges a “passenger verbally abused flight attendants after she realized her assigned seat would not recline. Multiple passengers offered to switch seats with her, but she repeatedly declined and kept yelling at flight attendants.”
“She agreed to switch seats with another passenger but continued to verbally abuse flight attendants. She then struck a flight attendant on the right forearm, and attempted to do so again,” according to the FAA. “Further, she repeatedly refused to comply with the facemask policy. Law enforcement met her at the arrival gate.”
Written by R. Dallon Adams