Delta passenger faces $27,500 fine for allegedly hitting flight attendant in mask dispute

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A passenger on Delta Airlines is now facing a massive fine for allegedly striking a flight attendant in the face back in October.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the proposed $27,500 penalty on Friday, reported USA Today.

The passenger was flying on a Delta flight from Miami to Atlanta on October 19th.

According to the FAA, the unnamed individual was traveling with another passenger who refused to wear a mask, secure his tray table or fasten his seat belt.

The flight returned to the gate after the two passengers were asked to get off the plane.

"In response, the passenger accompanying the non-compliant traveler ignored the flight attendant’s instructions, began yelling expletives at the flight attendant and other passengers, and struck the flight attendant under her left eye," the FAA said.

The altercation was captured on video by another passenger and posted to social media, reported the Miami Herald.

The unnamed passenger has 30 days to respond to the FAA.

In January, the FAA implemented more stringent policies in response to the siege at the U.S. Capitol and will no longer give unruly passengers a warning.

“FAA Administrator Steve Dickson signed an order directing the agency to take strong action against any passenger who disrupts or threatens the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from fines to jail time. No warnings!” the agency tweeted on January 13th.

The FAA's maximum fine for unruly behavior is $35,000.

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