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Airline passenger faces $9,000 fine for refusing to wear mask, shouting on flight to Knoxville

The passenger is facing the fine for refusing to wear a face mask and verbally assaulting the flight crew.
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:19 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An Allegiant airlines passenger is facing a $9,000 fine for not wearing a mask on her flight and verbally assaulting flight attendants, the Federal Aviation Administration says. The flight was travelling from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Knoxville.

According to the FAA, the passenger boarded the flight and refused to wear a mask over her mouth and nose. After the passenger was told multiple times to wear a face mask by flight attendants, she began cursing and rolling her eyes, the FAA reports.

Later, the passenger sat in the exit row of the plane while waiting on the lavatory, the FAA says. After being told by a flight attendant that this is not allowed, the passenger “got up, stood close to the flight attendant without wearing her mask over her mouth and nose, and screamed at the flight attendant,” says the FAA.

The passenger then began cursing at the flight attendants, the report says.

The FAA says it is enforcing a “zero-tolerance” policy towards passengers who fail to follow flight crew instructions because “such misconduct can threaten the safety of the flight by disrupting or distracting cabin crew from their safety duties.”

Passengers have 30 days after receiving the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond.

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