The FAA levied more than $100,000 in fines against four “unruly” plane passengers on Monday, including a fine of more than $50,000 against one passenger.
The man faces a $52,500 fine, the agency’s highest this year, for trying to open the cockpit door and punching a flight attendant in the face twice on a Delta Airlines flight from Honolulu to Seattle on December 23.
The FAA said the man allegedly tried to open the door to the cockpit during the flight while refusing to follow instructions from crew members.
He was also accused of hitting a flight attendant in the face and pushing him to the floor and then threatening and charging the attendant as he attempted to restrain him. A passenger helped flight attendants place plastic handcuffs on the man but he was able to free himself from one of the cuffs and then struck the flight attendant in the face a second time.
After the plane landed the man was ultimately taken into custody by police.
It was unclear if the $52,500 fine was the largest the agency has ever sought, as the largest fine the agency can seek for an individual offense is $35,000 but penalties can increase due to multiple offenses, officials told CBS News.
A second passenger faces a $27,000 fine after claiming he had a bomb and planned to blow up the plane during a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Chicago.
After boarding the aircraft, the man reportedly started shouting and pounding his hands on the seat in front of him, threatening to kill anyone before issuing the bomb threat. Flight attendants separated the man from the other passengers, and the flight was transferred to Oklahoma City, where the man was arrested.
The FAA demanded a $18,500 fine from a passenger on a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Las Vegas on Feb. 5 who drank several small bottles of alcohol he carried with him on the plane and refused to wear his mask, defying flight attendant orders.
Finally, on Feb. 15, a woman was fined $9,000 for failing to heed orders to correctly remove her mask on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Knoxville, Tenn. The woman also reportedly swore at a flight attendant after being told she couldn’t sit in an exit row while waiting to use a restroom that was already used.
Also Monday, a passenger on a JetBlue flight from New York to San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after forcing the aircraft to be diverted to Minneapolis for an unscheduled landing.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport police told NBC News the passenger, a 42-year-old man from Mechanicville, N.Y., was arrested after “acting erratically and aggressively” toward crew during the flight.
The man remained in custody late Monday afternoon, as Minneapolis prosecutors have until noon Tuesday to bring formal charges against him.