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27 May 2022: San Diego, California

The passenger who punched and broke a flight attendant’s teeth has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. The woman, Vyvianna Quinonez, 29, admitted punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant as she was being asked to wear a mask and fasten her seatbelt. She was also ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines and restitution, officials said and banned from flying for three years. She will also be on supervised release for three years and required to attend anger management classes for the assault aboard a flight from Sacramento to San Diego, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said in a release.

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6 June 2022: London, UK

Reports have surfaced that Ryanair is refused to let South African passengers board flights if they fail a language test. Some have said that South African travelers were required to answer questionnaires issued in Afrikaans. The airline told one media outlet that customers would be refused travel if they are unable to complete the test resulting in the airline being accused of discrimination from passengers as a result. The airline said in a statement that South African customers would be refused travel home from the UK and Europe if they could not complete the test, which included questions such as identifying the side of the road that people in South Africa drive on, per the report in the Financial Times. In addition, the airline said: “Due to the high prevalence of fraudulent South African passports, we require passengers travelling to the UK to fill out a simple questionnaire issued in Afrikaans. If they are unable to complete this questionnaire, they will be refused travel and issued with a full refund.”

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7 June 2022: New York, New York

U.S. authorities are attempting to seize two jets that are linked to Roman Abramovich. The jets are a Gulfstream worth approximately $60 million and a Boeing reportedly worth $350 million which is believed to be one of the world’s most expensive private aircraft. Both have been linked Abramovich and a federal judge signed a warrant authorizing the seizure of the jets. Damian Williams, U.S. Attorney, said in a press release that the U.S. Attorney’s office was using “every legal tool available to respond to ‘Russian’s illegal war in Ukraine’.”

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9 June 2022: Sydney, Australia

An American, who was arrested with a loaded firearm in his luggage at Sydney International Airport earlier this year was sentenced in Central Local Court. AFP officers were called to a security screening area of the airport in March after a worker monitoring an x-ray machine detected a suspected firearm in the 47-year-old man’s carry-on baggage. Police inspected the bag and found a loaded Ruger pistol, which they seized. The man was stopped from boarding a flight to the United States and charged with possessing an unauthorized pistol and carrying weapons through a screening point He plead guilty to both charges was convicted and sentenced on the first charge to a 12-month community corrections order.

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24 May 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

A video capturing a man attacking a Southwest Airlines gate agent at Altanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Intl. Airport went viral and an investigation was initiated into the incident. A passenger was reportedly being disorderly after being asked to get off of a flight. The investigation revealed the suspect, Courney Drummond, refused to comply with flight attendants as a plane taxied from the gate, he was deplaned and became belligerent, ultimately hitting the gate agent. Police arrested the man they say assaulted the gate agent shortly thereafter.

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28 April 2022: Montreal, Canada

Thirty-seven Sunwing passengers on a party flight were fined a total of $59,500 for non-compliance with vaccination requirements as well as for violating masking rules that were in place at the time of the flight. Videos seen on social media of the charter flight from Montreal to Cancun showed unmasked passengers singing and dancing in the aisles and on seats, some clutching liquor, snapping selfies and vaping, during a time of COVID precautions. Sunwing cancelled the group’s return flight after the videos were seen. Air Canada and Air Transat also refused to book the flight’s 154 passengers on return trips to Canada.

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23 May 2022: Newark, New Jersey

Brendan Langley, former NFL football player, hit a United Airlines gate and was arrested and charged with simple assault. The incident occurred at Newark Liberty International Airport and the worker ended up on the floor. Law enforcement officials say Langley was arrested, not the employee, even though the passenger maintains he didn’t throw the first punch.Witnesses say the two began arguing before pushing, slapping and ultimately punching each other.

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18 May 2022: En Route from Denver to Orlando

En Route from Denver to Orlando A Frontier Airlines flight attendant helped deliver a baby that “couldn’t wait” to enter the world en route from Denver, Colo. to Orlando, Fla. When the baby’s mother went into early and unexpected labor during the flight. But a flight attendant, Diana Giraldo, helped deliver the baby. “Diana helped the mother to the back lavatory and assisted the mother in giving birth. Diana again went above and beyond after the completion of the flight to coordinate our return to Orlando,” Chris Nye, the captain of the flight, said.

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6 June 2022: Gatwick Airport, London

A woman paralyzed from the neck down was left onboard an aircraft for more than an hour and a half after all other passengers had been deplaned. Gatwick officials issued an apology to which the woman said the airport needs to “get its act together.” She did praise the British Airways staff as “fantastic,” saying they were very apologetic and provided her with refreshments during the wait for the Gatwick airport staff to arrive.

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16 April 2022: En Route from Zurich to Dublin

En Route from Zurich to Dublin Passengers on an Aer Lingus flight from Zurich to Dublin were told the aircraft was going to make an emergency landing into the sea. However about two minutes later the passengers were told to ignore the announcement, which was made when the flight was over the sea. The flight landed without further incident on schedule at Dublin Airport, soon after midday. A spokeswoman for the airline said that during Aer Lingus flight EI343 from Zurich to Dublin an incorrect pre-recorded announcement was momentarily played on board.