Along with her prison sentence and the hefty restitution bill, Farris won’t be allowed to travel by commercial aircraft without prior approval.
This isn’t the first time someone has caused such a disturbance on a plane. In 2021, a unruly passenger on an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Charlotte pushed a flight attendant and tried to open the cabin door; the Federal Aviation Administration fined her $81,950.
“As of April 4 (2022), there had been 1,081 unruly passenger reports and 707 mask-related incidents on flights this year. As a result of those incidents, 309 investigations have been initiated, 159 FAA enforcement cases have been started, and 80 cases have been referred to the FBI for a criminal review,” explained USA TODAY.
According to the FAA, unruly passengers are referred to the FBI. Penalties for bad behavior can range from jail time and fines to denial of TSA PreCheck services and even being placed on the no-fly list.