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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing more than $531,000 in additional fines against 34 airline passengers who were allegedly exhibiting unruly behavior from throwing luggage, threatening passengers and even hitting flight attendants in the face.
This pushes the FAA's proposed levies to more than $1 million for 2021.
The fines are part of the FAA's zero-tolerance policy, which was adopted in January after the agency saw a "disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior," the FAA said.
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In one of the most recent cases, a passenger, who was flying on a JetBlue flight in May, allegedly started throwing objects at other passengers including his carry-on luggage. The passenger refused to stay seated and instead decided to lay down in the aisle. Instead of getting up, he proceeded to grab "a flight attendant by the ankles and putting his head up her skirt," the FAA said.
In another case, a separate passenger flying on JetBlue in May allegedly refused to abide by the mask mandate, threatened passengers and even made "stabbing gestures" toward some of them, the FAA said. The passenger also started to snort "what appeared to be cocaine from a plastic bag, which the cabin crew confiscated," FAA added.
FAA PROPOSES $119K IN ADDITIONAL FINES AS UNRULY BEHAVIOR ON FLIGHTS SKYROCKETS
After he became "increasingly agitated" crew members were forced to equip "themselves with flex cuffs and ice mallets to ensure the safety of the flight if his behavior worsened," the FAA said.
Those passengers are facing the biggest fines out of the 34 reported cases Thursday at $45,000 and $42,000, respectively.