This year there have been 2,500 incidents involving passengers from undisciplined airlines, according to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, including 1,900 cases in which passengers refused to wear masks.
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was assaulted by a passenger and lost two teeth in an attack in the United States last weekend, according to a union president, who complained to the airline’s general manager about undisciplined passengers .
“Unfortunately, this is just one of many events,” union president Lyn Montgomery said. He said there were 477 incidents of “misconduct” of passengers on southwestern planes between April 8 and May 15.
Montgomery did not provide details about the assault on the letter he sent Monday to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Monday that airlines have reported 2,500 incidents of unruly passengers this year, including 1,900 cases in which passengers refused to wear face masks, which are required by the U.S. Air Force. federal regulations. The FAA provided those figures as it announced it was seeking civil sanctions totaling $ 54,500 against five passengers for behavior ranging from refusing to wear masks to assaulting flight attendants.
Montgomery called on the Southwest CEO to press for more federal air marshals on flights and to ban passengers from breaking the rules instead of putting them on other flights. He said flight attendants are concerned that Southwest will resume selling alcohol on board aircraft. Many recent cases have caught the attention of the FAA with passengers drinking.