Unruly airline passengers ordered to pay huge fines for biting cabin crew

Two airline passengers have been accused of "unruly behaviour" and were given the biggest fines handed by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The US aviation regulators proposed civil penalties of $81,950 (£64,420) and $77,272 (£64,474) for two unidentified female passengers.

The fines were announced by transport secretary Pete Buttigieg on Friday (April 8).

Talking on an appearance on The View, he said: "If you are on an airplane, don't be a jerk and don't endanger the flight crews and fellow passengers."

The fine was handed to an American Airlines passenger who allegedly shoved a flight attendant in the sky after trying to hug and kiss another.

She also spat and bit a fellow passenger.

In one case on July 7, a woman was restrained after trying to open the cabin door.

The organisation said she allegedly spat at, headbutted, bit and tried to kick the crew and other passengers.

In another flight on July 16 from Las Vegas to Atlanta, a woman had to be physically restrained.

It came after she allegedly bit a passenger multiple times and walked to the front of the aircraft to try to exit, said the agency.

US airlines have seen record numbers of disruptive passengers since early 2021, with many incidents involving the refusal to wear an anti-viral facemask.

Since January last year, the organisation has imposed a zero-tolerance policy and have proposed about $7million (£5.3m) fines for disruptive passengers.

US. Transportation Secretary Pete revealed that the American administration's mandate requiring masks on airplanes and on public transport would either expire or be renewed on April 18.

He said: "We all want to get to where there are fewer restrictions. We just need to get to a point where it is safe to do that.

"Air travel is a little different than a lot of other environments but we would love to get there."

The organisation said since January 2021, there have been a record 7,060 unruly passenger incidents reported – and 70% involved masking rules – but the rate has declined 60% since its high in 2021.

In February, the agency said it had referred 80 unruly airplane passengers to the FBI for potential criminal prosecution.

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