The unruly Southwest Airlines passenger who assaulted a flight attendant and knocked out two of her teeth last year has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Vyvianna Quinonez, 29, was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge to pay about $33,000 in damages and fines and was barred from flying for three years after her release from a federal prison.
The Californian pleaded guilty to disrupting a flight crew last year.
On May 23, 2021, Quinonez was asked to buckle up, stow her tray table, and don her face mask properly as a southwest flight from Sacramento approached San Diego.
Rather than comply, the woman began recording the flight attendant on her phone before shoving, punching and grabbing her hair. The attack was recorded by another passenger.
The flight attendant suffered three chipped teeth, two of which required crowns. According to Quinonez’s plea deal, she also required stitches for a cut under her eye.
“Attacks on flight crew members who perform critical duties to ensure passenger safety will not be tolerated,” US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement
Reports of unruly airline passengers have skyrocketed during the pandemic as thousands of airmen refused to comply with COVID-19 safety precautions.
Of the 5,981 incidents recorded by the FAA last year, 4,290 were mask-related.
The Federal Aviation Administration said last month its “zero tolerance policy” for dealing with unruly passengers was becoming permanent.
Wwith AP wires
https://nypost.com/2022/05/28/vyvianna-quinonez-to-serve-15-months-in-prison-for-assaulting-southwest-flight-attendant/ Vyvianna Quinonez has been jailed for 15 months for assaulting a Southwest flight attendant