The Federal Aviation Administration penalized a Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport passenger $23,000 for attacking an American Airlines flight attendant after getting upset about her seat not reclining.
FAA Charges DFW Passenger
The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a $23,000 fine on a woman who attacked a flight attendant on an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Aspen earlier this year as part of its “Zero Tolerance” campaign.
According to an FAA press release, the undisclosed passenger on the March flight to Aspen declined to wear a face mask, which is still required on board and at airports, and “verbally abused flight attendants after she realized her assigned seat would not recline.”
As per statement, the woman refused numerous offers to change seats before finally taking one, but “then struck a flight attendant on the right forearm, and attempted to do so again.”
The FAA is investigating a spike in reports of passengers refusing to wear masks, causing disruptions, and, in rare cases, attacking crew members.
This year, the FAA has received more than 5,000 complaints of rowdy travelers, including more than 100 cases of violence against flight crews.
Flight attendants at American Airlines in Fort Worth and Southwest Airlines in Dallas have both reported abuse from passengers, resulting in federal charges.
While the number of occurrences has decreased since January, the FAA claims the rate is still too high.
The FAA has civil jurisdiction to levy fines of up to $37,000 per violation.
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