A passenger flying from Provo, Utah to Mesa, Arizona was fined $ 10,500 for allegedly intimidating a flight attendant and violating federal mask regulations.
The Federal Aviation Administration imposed the civil penalty as part of $ 119,000 in total penalties and issued a public service ad where the children explain how to behave on an airplane.
The February 27 Allegiant Air flight from Provo included a passenger who allegedly refused to wear a face mask on the flight in accordance with federal travel regulations. The flight attendants asked the man seven times to wear the mask correctly and he allegedly removed it from his nose as soon as the flight attendant left.
The man was then informed that he needed to cooperate and provide information to complete a passenger disturbance report. He allegedly argued with the attendant and refused to provide identification and continued to lower his face covering, saying it was okay to cover only his mouth.
When the plane landed, the man reportedly approached a flight attendant from behind and touched her as she prepared to open the aircraft cabin door. He then reportedly said she was aggressive about the face mask policy and “approached her while complaining about her application of the policy.” His behavior would have intimidated the flight attendant.
The smallest of the fines imposed was $ 7,500 for a Southwest Airlines flight out of Colorado, while the largest fine was $ 21,500 for a flight from Nashville to Orlando. The man fined in the case reportedly did not wear his mask, stop drinking alcohol and hit another passenger on the head. Law enforcement met him at the Nashville Arrival Gate in Orlando.
“The cases involve assaults on the flight crew and other passengers, the consumption of alcohol brought on board the aircraft and the refusal to wear face masks,” the FAA said in a statement.
As of Jan. 1, the FAA has received approximately 3,271 reports of unruly passenger behavior, including approximately 2,475 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal face mask mandate. The agency said it identified potential violations in 540 cases and took enforcement action in 83 cases. Including Thursday’s cases, the FAA has proposed $ 682,000 in fines against unruly passengers.