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American woman jailed for 15 months for punching flight attendant

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San Diego: A California woman who punched a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in the face during a flight, breaking her teeth, has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Viviana Quinonez was also ordered by a federal judge in San Diego on Tuesday to pay approximately $26,000 in damages and a $7,500 fine for the May 23, 2021 attack on a Southwest flight between Sacramento and San Diego.

The 29-year-old Sacramento woman has been banned from flying for three years while she is on supervised release and must attend anger management classes or counseling. Quinonez pleaded guilty last year to one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants, admitting that he punched the flight attendant in the face and head with a clenched fist and grabbed her hair.

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Neither he nor his lawyer could be contacted for comment on Tuesday. During the flight’s final descent, Quinonez was told by the attendant to fasten his seat belt, set up his tray table, and put on his facemask. Instead, Quinonez began recording the attendant on her cellphone, pushed her, then stood up and punched the woman in the face and grabbed her hair before other passengers could intervene, officials said. Told.

The attack was recorded on the cellphone of another passenger. The plea agreement said the flight attendant had three broken teeth, two of which required crowns, as well as bruises and a cut under her left eye that required stitches. US Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement after the sentencing: “Attacks on flight crew members who perform important tasks to ensure passenger safety will not be tolerated.”

FBI special agent in charge Stacy Moy said the sentence “should send a very strong message to air travelers — the FBI will vigorously pursue anyone who attacks or interferes with flight crews.” The incident was part of a rise in unruly behavior by airline passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic and the president of the flight attendants union calling for more federal air marshals on planes.

Airlines reported more than 5,000 incidents of unruly passengers to the Federal Aviation Administration in 2021. The FAA said most passengers were refusing to comply with the federal requirement for passengers to wear face masks on planes, but about 300 involved intoxicated passengers.

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