FAA Proposes $531,000 Fine For Airline Passengers Who Refuse To Wear Masks Or Attacked Flight Attendants
The FAA announced on Thursday that the 34 passengers accused of unruly conduct would be fined $531,545 each.
House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio is proposing even harsher punishment for unruly or violent passengers: “The first time we take one of these jerks who is assaulting flight attendants or attempting to take an aircraft down – and they go away for a few years and they get a massive fine – I think that will send a message.”
The Association of Flight Attendants is also calling for prosecutions. Association President Sara Nelson told CNN: “If you interfere with a crew member’s duties and put the rest of the plane in jeopardy, or assault the crew member, you’re facing $35,000 in fines for each incident and up to 20 years in prison. People need to understand there are severe consequences here.”
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The FAA does not have the authority to file criminal charges.
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