The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued at least $119,000 worth of fines against airline passengers accused of refusing to wear a face mask during flight.
One passenger who flew Allegiant Air on Feb. 27 from Provo, Utah, to Mesa, Ariz., was fined $10,500 for allegedly refusing to wear his mask “properly,” meaning over the nose and mouth.
“Flight attendants instructed him seven separate times to wear his facemask properly, and each time he moved it off of his nose after the flight attendant walked away,” a press release from the FAA explains.
“When told that he needed to cooperate and provide information to fill out a passenger disturbance report, he argued with the flight attendant, refused to provide his identification, said he would continue to pull his facemask down, and claimed that it was fine just over his mouth.”
After the flight touched the ground, the passenger allegedly walked up to the flight attendant in question just as she was about to open the door to the cabin and supposedly “touched her.”
The man was being “aggressive about the facemask policy,” according to the FAA, which claims the flight attendant then started to “cry.” The FAA says it maintains a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior, calling it unruly and dangerous.
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