WASHINGTON — Federal officers mentioned Monday they’re looking for greater than $160,000 in fines from eight airline passengers over incidents involving alcohol.
Police arrested the passenger after the airplane from San Jose, California, landed in San Diego, and charged the particular person with resisting arrest and public intoxication, in keeping with the FAA. It was not clear why the passenger was not charged with assault. The FAA doesn’t have authority to file legal prices.
The FAA didn’t determine any of the eight passengers, who face a mixed whole of $161,823 in civil penalties, though they’ve the precise to contest the allegations. In some circumstances, airline crews diverted flights to land extra shortly due to the passengers’ erratic habits.
The proposed fines signify the newest salvo within the FAA’s try to crack down on unruly passengers on planes, a downside that grew to become rather more frequent beginning in January. Airways have reported greater than 5,000 incidents of unruly passengers to the FAA this yr.
Many of the incidents have concerned passengers refusing to comply with the federal requirement for passengers to put on face masks whereas on planes, however practically 300 have concerned intoxicated passengers, in keeping with the FAA.