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The Federal Aviation Administration charged eight airline passengers a total of over $161,000 for alcohol-related offenses, with the largest fine exceeding $40,000.
Eight Airline Passengers Fined a Total of $161K
According to the FAA, the largest single proposed fine, topping $40,000, concerns a passenger who smuggled alcohol on the plane and drank it, smoked marijuana in the restroom, and sexually assaulted a flight attendant aboard Southwest Airlines flight in April.
According to the FAA, once the plane from San Jose, California, landed in San Diego, police seized the passenger and charged him with resisting arrest and public drunkenness. It’s unclear why the passenger wasn’t arrested for assault.
The FAA does not have the power to bring criminal charges against anyone.
Over $1.45 million in penalties have been imposed in the last year. The greatest fine announcement was over $500,000 against 34 suspected unruly passengers.
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said,
“Flying is the safest mode of transportation and I signed this order to keep it that way.”
The fines are part of the FAA’s Zero-Tolerance program, which was implemented in January of this year.
Passengers who engage in unruly behavior may face criminal charges, permanent airline bans, and penalties.
Around 4 million people are anticipated to fly over the Thanksgiving holidays, matching the pre-pandemic levels of travel.
In light of this, airlines are requesting that passengers follow all safety and health regulations, wear masks, and more importantly, follow the instructions of the cabin crew.
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