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Unhinged and Unmasked: American Airlines Passenger Fined Nearly $40,000 For Making Threats To Staff And Passengers

Cayla Farris pleaded guilty to threatening flight attendants and other passengers during last year’s incident. She can no longer fly on a plane without explicit permission from her current probation officer for the foreseeable future.

Farris reached a mutual plea deal with the state’s prosecutors last week regarding the incident on an American Airlines flight. According to PYOK, things went left on the plane after Farris refused to wear a mandated face mask at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She began “cursing at and threatening passengers and aircrew members” with such severe unpredictability that the flight crew reported that they were unable to complete their flight duties during her outburst. 

Farris allegedly intimidated the flight attendants after they issued her a written warning from the Airline for her erratic behavior. The belligerent passenger crumpled the paper up and continued cursing during the flight. 

Finally, the plane’s captain was forced to turn around and cancel the rest of their travel to Honolulu, instead returning to Phoenix to ground the flight.

On the heels of Farris pleading guilty, U.S. District Attorney Judge Susan Brnovich sentenced the woman to 3.6 months served in prison since she was incarcerated for breaking the conditions of her pre-trial release and given an additional three years of supervised release. 

During her three-year sentence of supervised release, Farris is banned from flying on any commercial aircraft without written permission and approval from her probation officer. The Honolulu native was also hit with a hefty restitution charge for causing a disturbance on the American Airlines flight. 

Source: Black Enterprise


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