On Tuesday, federal prosecutors revealed that 29-year-old Cayla Farris received a sentence of over three months of time served and three years of supervised probation for her actions.
Hawaiian Women Fined $39K
As part of her probation, a U.S. District judge specified that Farris must seek approval before boarding an aircraft.
Authorities report that on February 13, 2022, during a flight from Phoenix to Honolulu, Cayla Farris engaged in disruptive behavior, using profanity and making threats toward the flight crew and fellow passengers.
In response to her actions, the plane’s captain opted to turn the aircraft around, landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, as Farris’s conduct hindered the crew from performing their duties.
Having pleaded guilty in September to the charge of interfering with a flight crew member, the judge subsequently ordered Farris to pay $38,952 in restitution to American Airlines to cover delay-related costs.
American Airlines Fined for Tarmac Delays
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently imposed a $4.1 million fine on American Airlines (AA) for violating federal regulations and the Department’s rule prohibiting tarmac delays exceeding three hours on domestic flights without allowing passengers to disembark.
The DOT’s investigation revealed that American Airlines kept numerous flights stranded on the tarmac for extended durations without permitting passengers to deplane.
In response, the DOT is imposing the largest fine ever for tarmac delay infractions and demanding that American Airlines cease such violations.
This fine is part of the DOT’s comprehensive effort to safeguard the interests of travelers, which includes refunding over $2.5 billion to passengers.
A thorough investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) uncovered that American Airlines, between 2018 and 2021, allowed 43 domestic flights to remain grounded on the tarmac for considerable periods, in breach of the Department’s tarmac delay regulation.
DOT determined that none of the exceptions to this rule, including those related to safety and security, applied to these flights.
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