Four additional airline passengers may be slapped with hefty fines for allegedly disobeying flight attendants and flouting federal regulations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The passengers are facing proposed civil penalties ranging from $7,500 to $15,500 as part of the FAA’s zero-tolerance policy, which was created in January after the agency saw an increase in "disturbing" incidents involving unruly passengers.
The four latest incidents stem from flights in February.
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One episode has a JetBlue Airlines passenger accused of refusing to wear a mask despite being requested to do so "at least 10 times." The passenger also "drank mini bottles of alcohol that JetBlue did not serve to him, which is against FAA regulations," according to the agency.
Another JetBlue passenger allegedly refused to wear a facemask properly and "in one instance inserted her finger into her nose in response to a flight attendant’s direction to wear her mask." That same passenger began to yell and use profanity and even refused to read a warning note issued by a flight attendant, forcing the captain to divert the flight, the FAA said.