If you haven’t seen the video of a female passenger repeatedly punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant then take a look at the video, obtained by CBS News. The 48-second clip is shocking but perhaps not surprising since the pandemic seems to have brought out the worst in some people.
Video obtained by CBS News shows the moment a Southwest Airlines flight attendant was punched by a passenger after asking her to keep her seat belt fastened during a flight from Sacramento to San Diego Sunday. https://t.co/gQusevodYC pic.twitter.com/oOYvPdwCFj
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 27, 2021
According to CBS, “The FAA has received about 2,500 reports of unruly passenger behavior and 1,900 reports of passengers refusing to wear masks in defiance of a federal mandate.” There’s obviously been a huge spike in incidents and I was almost involved in one a couple weeks ago in the Miami Airport (here’s that story.)
The video shows passenger Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, physically assaulting a flight attendant upon landing on Southwest Flight 700 from Sacramento to San Diego on Sunday morning. Fortunately, another passenger jumped in to stop the attack. The man yelled, “Sit down! Don’t you dare touch a flight attendant like that.”
Fortunately, Quinonez was arrested for battery and the incident came a day before the Federal Aviation Administration fined a passenger $52,500 for trying to open the cockpit door and hitting a flight attendant in the face twice on a Delta Air Lines flight in late December. Quinonez pretty much just ruined her life by committing this crime and she will surely be banned by Southwest Airlines for life.
Speaking of being banned, according to NBC News, shortly after the incident, “Southwest Airlines announced that it would not resume alcohol service following an uptick in passenger misconduct across the country.” And American Airlines is extending its suspension as well but only in economy until September.
I think it’s a smart move since most incidents involve alcohol and I’ve seen plenty of inebriated passengers in my travels, however, I’ve never seen anything nearly as outrageous as what Quinonez did.
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