Apr 8, 2022 - Politics & Policy

FAA issues record fines against 2 unruly passengers

An American Airlines plane
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The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it would seek to impose the biggest fines ever for the disruptive passengers who caused two separate incidents last summer.

Why it matters: The agency said it has proposed $2 million worth of fines since Jan. 1 in an effort to cut down on "unruly behavior."

Details: The first fine, which totals $81,950, is for a passenger who allegedly tried to open a cabin door and "spit at, headbutted, bit and tried to kick the crew and other passengers" on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte.

  • The second fine, totaling $77,272, is for a passenger who tried to open the cabin door and bit another passenger on a Delta flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta. That passenger had to be restrained.
  • The FAA didn't identify either passenger and said they have 30 days to respond to the accusations.

What they're saying: "If you are on an airplane, don’t be a jerk and don’t endanger the flight crews and fellow passengers. If you do, you will be fined by the FAA," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said, according to the press release.

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