FAA proposes $52,500 fine against unruly passenger
A recalcitrant passenger on a Delta flight in December now faces the Federal Aviation Administration's largest proposed fine this year - a whopping $ 52,500.
According to the agency, on the flight from Honolulu to Seattle, the passenger attempted to open the cockpit door before slapping a flight attendant in the face and knocking him to the ground.
Flight attendants and another passenger on the flight managed to put plastic handcuffs on the stubborn passenger, but he later broke free and managed to slap the flight attendant in the face a second time.
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The FAA said police boarded the plane after landing in Seattle and took the passenger into custody.
PHOTO: In this file photo dated March 6, 2021, a sign shows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) logo near its headquarters in Washington, DC (Graeme Sloan / Sipa USA via AP, FILE).
"Federal law prohibits disrupting the flight crew or physically attacking or threatening the flight crew or anyone on an aircraft," the agency said.
The FAA said there have been more than 1,300 cases of recalcitrant passengers since February 1. The agency initiated around 20 enforcement cases.
"The number of incidents and the number of incidents per 100,000 passengers has risen sharply since early December 2020," the FAA said in a statement to ABC News last month.
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FAA chief Steve Dickson first signed the order in January to instruct the agency to have a "zero tolerance policy" on recalcitrant passenger cases - tougher penalties without warning, including fines of up to $ 35,000 and imprisonment.
PHOTO: In this file photo dated June 17, 2020, Steve Dickson, chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), testifies before a Senate committee reviewing the safety certification of jetliners in Washington, DC (Graeme Jennings / Pool via Getty Images, FILE) .
Dickson extended the FAA's zero tolerance policy for unruly passengers in March.
"The number of cases we are seeing is still far too high and it shows that urgent action continues to be needed," said Dickson.
A passenger who receives a civil penalty for recalcitrant behavior has a number of options, including paying the full fine or challenging it, according to the FAA.
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