According to the Associated Press, the Federal Aviation Administration issued fines of more than $161,000 to eight airline passengers in relation to incidents with alcohol, with the largest exceeding $40,000.
None of the passengers has been identified. Passengers under consideration are allowed to fight fines. However, the airline staff were forced to divert the planes due to the behavior of the passengers.
According to CNN, more than $1.45 million have been fined in the past year. The FAA reported that the largest declaration of fees was more than $500,000 against 34 alleged unruly passengers.
It was also reported that more than 5,000 incidents of rowdy travelers have been reported to the FAA. Of these, around 4,000 are mask-related incidents.
In early November, 37 of the most serious cases were referred to federal court, because the FAA is not allowed to prosecute airline passengers.
The fines are part of the FAA’s zero-tolerance campaign signed earlier this year in January. According to NBC News, passengers with disorderly conduct could face criminal charges, a lifetime ban from airlines, as well as fines.
FAA Administrator Steve Dixon said, “Flight is the safest mode of transportation and I signed this order to keep it that way.”
According to NBC News, in a typical year, the FAA sees between 100 and 150 cases related to the rowdy behavior of passengers. This year, despite the low number of travelers due to the pandemic, there has been a rapid increase in cases.
More than 4 million people are expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday, a travel volume that is close to pre-pandemic numbers, Cincinnati Enquirer informed of. Keeping this in mind, airlines are asking passengers to follow safety and health instructions and wear masks.
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The biggest single proposed fine, the FAA said, is upwards of $40,000, which includes a passenger who brought and drank alcohol on the plane, smoked marijuana in the toilet, and sexually assaulted a flight attendant on a Southwest Airlines jet in April. .
According to the FAA, police arrested the passenger after the plane landed in San Diego from San Jose, California, and charged the man with resisting arrest and public intoxication. It is not clear why the passenger was not charged with assault. The FAA does not have the authority to file criminal charges.
According to the FAA, most incidents have involved passengers refusing to comply with a federal requirement for wearing face masks on planes, but about 300 have involved intoxicated passengers.