A “disruptive” airline passenger is facing a $52.500 fine for allegedly trying to gain access to the airplane’s cockpit and assaulting a flight attendant multiple times, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced.
It was on Dec. 23 that a Delta Air Lines flight from Honolulu to Seattle that a passenger “repeatedly refused to comply with crew members’ instructions” and hit a flight attendant in the face and then pushed them to the floor, the FAA said Monday.
The passenger is also accused of threatening “the flight attendant by charging at him,” the FAA said.
The passenger, who had been placed in plastic handcuffs, freed himself and “struck the flight attendant in the face a second time.” The passenger was later taken into custody, the FAA said.
This, however, is just one of four civil penalties issued against airline passengers Monday that allegedly interfered with the airline crew.
Two passengers on other flights face potential fines for not covering their mouth and nose with a mask. The FAA told FOX Business it has identified potential violations in 370 cases and have initiated 27 enforcement actions.
has announced more than a dozen instances of large potentials for misbehaving passengers in recent weeks.