2 Airline Passengers Accused of Biting and Spitting Face Record Fines, Says FAA

By Paul Riegler on 9 April 2022
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Two travelers accused of assaulting cabin crew members on two separate flights last year face record high fines, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

One passenger, a woman who was not publicly identified, faces an $81,950 civil fine after she threatened a flight attendant, on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte, who had offered assistance after a fall.  She then tried to open a cabin door, hit, head butted, bit, and spat at the flight attendant, the FAA said in a statement.

She also faces possible criminal prosecution for her actions, which took place last July, the agency said.

Another woman now faces a $77,272 fine after she tried to hug and kiss the traveler seated next to her on a Delta Air Lines flight last July from Las Vegas to Atlanta.

That passenger walked to the front of the aircraft and attempted to “exit during flight,” the FAA said. She then bit another passenger repeatedly and had to be physically restrained by cabin crew.

The FAA said it has proposed over $2 million in fines for unruly behavior on flights since January 1, 2022 but noted that these two fines were the highest it has ever levied.

“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,” said Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in a statement Friday.

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