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Miami Pax Mad About Masks

A Miami passenger angry about being required to mask up made a scene and threatened airport workers in at Miami International Airport on August 27, 2021. See below.

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Frontier Airlines Pax Fight

After landing in Miami, passengers became agitated when one man was being allowed to exit the plane before others. That man was white and a black man was instructed to wait, causing some to call racism. The white man began hitting the black man. This prompted he flight attendant to get involved, followed by the the white man’s wife, his son, his son’s girlfriend, and others, according to eyewitnesses.

Although police did become involved, the black man ultimately decided not to press charges.



25 June 2021: Cúcuta, Colombia

A helicopter carrying Colombia’s President Iván Duque was reportedly struck by bullets in attack near Cúcuta airport. The country is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits. Duque was nearing the airport near the border of Colombia and Venezuela when his aircraft was hit by gunfire. There were no injuries however photos released show the damage to the helicopter. Colombia’s police found an AK-47, and a 7.62 caliber rifle which may have been used in the attack. The national police chief General Jorge Vargas tweeted, “We are after those responsible. We will not give up until we capture them,” he tweeted his employees.”


23 May 2021: San Diego, California

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant lost two teeth after she was assaulted by a passenger on Sunday, May 23. “This past weekend, one of our flight attendants was seriously assaulted, resulting in injuries to the face and a loss of two teeth,” TWU Local 556 President Lyn Montgomery said in a letter to Southwest CEO Gary Kelly. Social media provided video of the incident showing Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, punch the flight attendant in the face. A passenger jumped up and assisted by blocking the two people. “Sit down!” the man is heard saying as he stood between Quinonez and the flight attendant, whose face was bleeding. “Don’t you dare touch a flight attendant like that.” Quinonez was escorted off the aircraft by police once it landed and was arrested for battery, the Port of San Diego Harbor Police said in a statement.


7 February 2021: En Route From Dominican Republic to NYC

On a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic to New York, a passenger refused to comply with instructions to wear a mask aboard the plane, threw an empty liquor bottle that almost hit another passenger, threw food and shouted obscenities at flight attendants, according to the F.A.A. The passenger grabbed the arm of a flight attendant and injured her arm. She struck the arm of another flight attendant more than once and scratched that crew member’s hand, causing the flight to return to the Dominican Republic, the F.A.A. said. FAA recommended a fine of $32,750 for the woman.


22 April 2021: Juneau, Alaska

Alaska Airlines said that suspended Alaska state senator Lora Reinbold for violating its mask policies. Reinbold was seen on video arguing with gate agents at Juneau International Airport about the mask rules. “We have notified Senator Lora Reinbold that she is not permitted to fly with us for her continued refusal to comply with employee instruction regarding the current mask policy,” the airline said in statement. Reinbold says she learned about the airlines’ decision before any “due process” was conducted and that she was “reasonable” with all employees.


1 June 2021: En Route from Ibiza to Milan

A female passenger thought to be Italian became unhinged on a flight from Ibiza to Milan on June 1. The mask policy was thought to be the cause of the incident which included pulling the hair of one passenger, trying to kick another and spitting on other passengers. The woman was seen on video on a Ryanair flight wearing a mask improperly only covering her chin. Police met the flight to remove the passenger on arrival in Milan. The airline said it was now a matter for the local police.


4 June 2021: Los Angeles En Route to Nashville

A Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Nashville was diverted when a passenger tried to breach the cockpit. The plane had to be diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, officials said. Albuquerque International Sunport said it received reports from an air traffic control that a passenger on the plane had attempted to breach the cockpit, according to airport spokeswoman Stephanie Kitts. She said the unidentified passenger was detained by Albuquerque police at the airport after landing. The investigation is being turned over to the FBI.


11 June 2021: En Route from Los Angeles to Atlanta

On a Delta flight from Los Angeles, Calif, to Atlanta, Georgia, an off-duty flight attendant commandeered the public address system onboard the aircraft and told passengers to get back in their seats, saying oxygen masks would deploy soon. A confrontation ensued that required wrestling a man to the floor and detaining him. Delta Flight 1730 diverted to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma due to the fracas. Passengers were requested to assist in restraining the man and there was no shortage of volunteers to help. A video posted to social media showed the lead flight attendant directing the volunteers to, “Get him down. Keep him down.” The man was then restrained with zip tie handcuffs and moved to the back row of the aircraft. He was removed from the aircraft in Oklahoma City by local police upon landing. He was later released into the custody of the FBI.


5 April: Airborne over Maryland

A pilot who was flying a Southwest Airlines plane back in August of 2020, a has been charged committing a lewd act during a flight. The pilot, Michael Haak, was in command from Philadelphia, Penn. to Orlando, Fla. and the incident reportedly occurred somewhere en route. The complaint states, “On or about August 10, 2020, on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States, namely Southwest Airlines Flight WN 6607, of which he was the pilot in command, the defendant, MICHAEL HAAK, intentionally committed an act of lewd, indecent and obscene exposure of his genitals in a public place, which if committed in the District of Columbia would violate D.C. Code Section 22-1312 (formerly D.C. Code Section 22-1112).” It goes on to say, “The acts began, continued and were completed while the aircraft was in flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Orlando International Airport, during which it overflew parts of the District of Maryland and other federal districts.” Haak was charged under 49 U.S. Code § 46506(2), which pertains to the “Application of certain criminal laws to acts on aircraft.” Southwest spokesperson Brandy King said in a statement, “The Pilot in question is no longer Employed by Southwest Airlines and departed the Company last year prior to us becoming aware of the matter. The event was recently brought to our attention and we’ve cooperated with the appropriate outside agencies as they investigate. Southwest Airlines takes all matters related to workplace conduct very seriously, with a well-defined policy and reporting process for harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims.”