The FAA fines $ 52,000 for passenger disruptions and charges for disruption during flights from Hawaii to Washington

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Friday charged and sentenced an airline passenger to a record $ 52,000 fine for disrupting a flight from Honolulu to Seattle.

A Seattle grand jury has indicted Ryan Cajimat, 21, of Hawaii, for two federal crimes in connection with allegations of his disruptive and violent behavior on a December 2020 Delta Airlines flight.

A passenger wears a face mask, she travels on a Delta Airlines plane on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel)

“About two hours before landing in Seattle, Cajimat tried to open the cockpit door and struggled with stewardesses trying to restrain him,” the U.S. Western District Attorney’s Office said in a press release Friday. “A flight attendant was punched twice in the face. Cajimat was detained for the remainder of the flight and was removed from the plane upon arrival in Seattle.”

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The 21-year-old is banned from further Delta Airlines travel, as FOX 13 Seattle first reported.

The accusations and fines come as the FAA crackdowns on unruly passengers since implementing its zero-tolerance policy in January last year following a “disturbing rise in incidents in which air passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior.”

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People gather outside the Delta Air Line departure level at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) (Mario Tama / Getty Images)

As of Saturday, there have been a total of 4,941 unruly passenger incidents in 2021, with 3,580 of them related to masks. In the week ending September 12, there were nearly seven unruly passenger incidents for every 10,000 flights.

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“The proportion of unruly passenger incidents has fallen about 50 percent since record highs in early 2021, but there is still more work to be done,” the FAA website states.

FOX Business’ Lucas Manfredi contributed to this report.

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