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No decision on whether to extend masks on planes as fines for ‘unruly passengers’ rise

Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the Biden administration’s mandate mandating masks on planes and public transport will either expire or be renewed on April 18 — no decision had been made.

“We all want to go where there are fewer restrictions. We just have to get to a point where it’s safe to do so,” Buttigieg told ABC’s The View on Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration also said Friday it is seeking the biggest fines yet for passengers who disrupt flights after two incidents on planes last summer.

The FAA said it has proposed a civil penalty of $81,950 against a passenger who struck a flight attendant in the head, tried to open a cabin door, and spat on crew members and passengers, spitting and attempting to kick them even after they got in flexible handcuffs had been put on.

The incident happened on an American Airlines flight last July. The FAA said the passenger was arrested when the plane landed in Charlotte, NC.

The FAA is seeking a $77,272 fine against a woman who tried to open a cabin door during a flight and repeatedly bit another passenger before she died on a Delta Air Lines flight from Las Vegas to Atlanta last July crew was detained.

Alcoholic drink on the plane.
The FAA said the fines are part of proposed approximately $2 million in penalties it has announced since Jan. 1.
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No person has been identified. You have 30 days to respond to the allegations.

The FAA said the fines are part of proposed approximately $2 million in penalties it has announced since Jan. 1. Airlines have reported a high number of incidents since early 2021 – more than 1,000 this year alone – most of which have involved passengers refusing to wear face masks.

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DUSTIN JONES

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