A recent violent incident on a Southwest flight calls attention to an escalation in violent behavior by airline passengers toward flight crews. This led the flight attendants’ union president to ask for more federal air marshals on planes to help when violence is directed at flight attendants. She says there were 477 incidents of ‘misconduct’ by passengers on Southwest planes between April 8 and May 15. The FAA also says that airlines have reported 2,500 incidents of unruly passengers this year.
Just days ago, a Southwest flight attendant was punched in the face by a passenger after she reminded the woman to fasten her seatbelt and raise her tray table.
The suspect (seen on the left in the black hoodie) was escorted off the plane by Port of San Diego Harbor Police (pictured below) with the flight attendant (seen on the right with a bloodied face):
Cops charged Quinonez with felony battery causing serious bodily injury, and she was released on a $35,000 bail.
Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, allegedly got very angry during a flight from Sacramento to San Diego. Upon landing, she stood up and punched a flight attendant who lost two teeth, has a broken nose, and facial injuries. She was seen being wheeled away in the flight concourse on her way to the local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
One passenger spoke with Daily Mail to describe the incident saying, “The passenger repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing.”
Local FOX 40 also interviewed passengers from the flight:
Flight attendant union president Lyn Montgomery spoke out about the latest incident of a passenger attacking flight attendants:
‘Unfortunately, this is just one of many occurrences.’
‘I’ve been in the industry since 1992, and this is the worst ever…People seem to be more angry. When they´re asked to do something, compliance seems to be more difficult.’ – Flight Attendant Union President Lyn Mongomery