Travel Video Shows Disruptive Unmasked Passenger Who Caused Delay in NY-to-Miami Flight
FAA cracks down on abusive, maskless flyers with fines up to $32,750
Ignoring instructions from a flight attendant on a commercial flight is a bad idea. Interfering with a flight attendant is a worse idea. Assaulting flight attendants? Really not smart. The FAA believes that not everyone has gotten the message, however, and says its determined to drive it home. Want more airline-specific news? Sign up for TPG’s …The FAA believes that not everyone has gotten the message, however, and says its determined to drive it home.
Anflight was delayed about two hours Friday after a passenger who allegedly refused to wear a mask and became unruly.
After passengers boarded the flight, which was scheduled to fly from JFK International Airport in New York to Miami International Airport, the man began fist-bumping and taking selfies with other passengers while not wearing a mask, according to WPLG-TV, a news station based in Miami.
The man then allegedly became disruptive after he was told to exit the plane.
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Last week, TPG Senior Aviation Business Reporter David Slotnick wrote about how the FAA has cracked down on disruptive passengers by fining an individual $52,500 for their behavior onboard a Delta flight from Honolulu to Seattle. According to the FAA, the passenger ignored the instructions of the cabin crew, punched one of them in the …The crew were eventually able to restrain the passenger, but he got free from the restraining cuffs and hit the same crew member again. When the flight finally landed, the offending individual was arrested.
Video obtained by the station shows the man going on a tirade, claiming his mask was broken while yelling and cursing at other passengers.
"I did nothing wrong. I was boarding my flight, and they're going to kick me off my flight and ruin my trip for no reason," he says in the video. "I did nothing wrong."
About 10 officers spent about an hour-and-a-half trying to get the man off the plane, the station reported. A medical crew was on the tarmac to determine if he was having a medical episode.
Passengers voiced their frustration with the delay.
"Everyone was pretty frustrated at that point because they knew that the guy was just refusing to get off the plane," Mackenzie Dallas said.
The airline said in a statement to Newsweek the passenger "failed to follow crewmember instructions and the federal face mask requirement."
Flight attendant's assault by passenger part of disturbing trend
Union wants more travelers banned, citing 477 cases of misbehavior on Southwest flights alone in past five weeks.There were 477 passenger misconduct incidents on Southwest flights between April 8 and May 15, including one Sunday morning on a flight landing at San Diego International Airport, according to the carrier's flight attendant union.
"We thank our crew for their professionalism and our customers for their understanding," the statement said.
The flight departed at 3:31 p.m., the airline said.
Airplane passengers are required to wear masks, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. American Airlines also mandates mask wearing on flights, according to its website. Exceptions are made for people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask.
The incident is one of many instances of unruly passengers causing flight delays this year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
There had been more than 3,500 reports of unruly passengers in 2021 as of July 20, and 2,605 of those have been related to mask wearing, according to the FAA. About 581 investigations have been initiated so far in 2021.
Earlier in July, anotherafter a group of high school students allegedly refused to wear a mask on the plane. Passengers on the flight from Charlotte to the Bahamas were moved to a new plane due to mechanical issues. On the new plane, the students allegedly refused to wear masks while yelling and cursing.
Don’t be a jerk on a flight; there are no more second chances this summer
An unruly passenger assaulted a flight attendant during a Southwest flight over the weekend, knocking out two of her teeth and leaving her face bloodied, requiring a trip to the hospital when the plane landed. The horrifying incident, first reported by USA Today, was the latest in a long, bizarre string of disruptive incidents aboard …The horrifying incident, first reported by USA Today, was the latest in a long, bizarre string of disruptive incidents aboard commercial flights in the U.S., but among the most brazen and violent in public view.
"Some people's vacations are ruined. They were only going for a couple of nights. Now, they have to get rebooked," passenger Stephanie Krzywanski said.
A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight was alsoin early July after she refused to wear a mask.
Arrest more unruly passengers; stop serving airport alcohol to go, FAA chief says .
The Federal Aviation Administration is asking airports to stop allowing alcohol to-go cups amid a spike in incidents with unruly passengers. The FAA is urging airport police to arrest more people who are unruly or violent on flights and asking airport bars and restaurants to stop serving alcoholic drinks to go.