The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing its effort to crack down on unruly flyers. On Tuesday, the agency announced proposed fines totaling $124,500 against eight air passengers – the latest round of penalties as it enforces a “zero-tolerance policy” for dangerous behavior by passengers. The FAA has proposed $563,800 in fines against unruly passengers since Jan. 1. The behavior prompting the latest round of penalties includes a range, from passengers allegedly assaulting flight crew to refusing to wear face masks and drinking alcohol they brought on board. Despite relaxed guidelines around mask wearing, the federal face mask requirement for airplanes, airports, trains, commuter rail systems and other modes of transportation remains in effect through Sept. 13. It’s also against FAA regulations for passengers to drink their own booze. Since the beginning of the year the FAA has received approximately 3,100 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 2,350 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal transportation mask mandate. Unruly airline passengers:What is the role of the captain and flight crew in taming bad behavior? Southwest Airlines incident:Passenger who allegedly struck flight attendant charged with felony battery The latest round of proposed fines range from $9,000 to $22,000. Here’s what the FAA says happened in each instance and how much it could cost the passengers involved:
- $22,000 proposed fine: On a Feb. 15 SkyWest Airlines flight from Denver to Gypsum, Colorado, a passenger allegedly repeatedly ignored flight attendants’ instructions to wear his face mask, walked through the cabin to the lavatory while the fasten- seatbelt sign was on and drank alcohol that SkyWest did not serve.
- $21,000 proposed fine: On a Feb. 22 Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Albuquerque, New Mexico, a passenger allegedly refused to wear his face mask after being told by flight attendants and the captain repeatedly to do so while boarding. He reportedly used a bandana over his face but later removed it and was provided a sealed mask by a Southwest employee. Shortly after the plane taxied from the gate, he allegedly removed his face covering again, and the captain returned to the gate. A customer service supervisor boarded the plane to escort him off, and the passenger threw the mask at the supervisor, hit him in the jaw and still refused to wear the mask, according to the FAA. Dallas police officers cited the passenger for assault.
- $19,000 proposed fine: On a Jan 20 SkyWest flight from Phoenix to Hermosillo, Mexico, a passenger allegedly became angry when the flight needed to return to Phoenix due to bad weather in Mexico. The passenger reportedly began hitting the ceiling of the aircraft, and a flight attendant confronted him about his behavior. When the plane landed back in Phoenix, he stood up to and hit a neighboring passenger in the right shoulder, the FAA says, and law enforcement escorted him off the aircraft.
- $15,000 proposed fine: On a Feb. 7 Alaska Airlines flight from Chantilly, Virginia, to Seattle, a passenger allegedly assaulted a flight attendant by pushing or shoving the attendant when he reached the passenger’s row as crew were documenting mask compliance.
- $14,000 proposed fine: On a Jan. 21 Allegiant Air flight from Syracuse, New York, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a passenger allegedly drank alcohol that Allegiant hadn’t served him, which is against FAA regulations. The FAA says the passenger began shouting profanities at flight attendants and other passengers, refused to wear a mask and was moved to the back of the plane to separate him from other passengers. Law enforcement met him at the gate.
- $14,000 proposed fine: On a Feb. 25 Endeavor Airlines flight from New York City to Portland, Maine, flight attendants repeatedly told the passenger to wear her mask properly, the FAA says. The passenger allegedly unfastened her seatbelt and stood while the fasten-seatbelt sign was on. Flight attendants notified the pilots of the situation, and law enforcement met the plane at the gate.
- $10,500 proposed fine: On a Feb. 25 Southwest flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento, California, a passenger reportedly was not wearing his mask and was talking on his phone on the runway. After two crew members instructed him to turn off his phone and wear his mask, he began to use profanity and told the flight attendants to go away, the FAA says. The captain returned the plane to the gate, and law enforcement met the passenger on the jetway.
- $9,000 proposed fine: On a Feb. 19 Allegiant flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, to St. Petersburg, Florida, a passenger allegedly refused to wear his face mask during boarding and on the flight, flight attendants repeatedly told him to wear his mask. He loudly argued with a flight attendant and began to unbuckle his seatbelt to stand and “get into it and get to the bottom of this” with the flight attendant. The passenger allegedly began recording other passengers without their permission, and crew members notified the captain of his behavior.
Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson