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Vyvianna Quinonez, a California woman, is accused of attacking a Southwest Airlines flight attendant on a flight from Sacramento to San Diego, knocking out two of her teeth.
According to court records, Quinonez was charged with felony violence and freed on bail after being apprehended when the plane landed.
Videos of the event went viral on Sunday, May 23, 2021, but one fellow passenger who videotaped it believed Quinonez was acting in self-defense, according to Fox 40.
She is 28 years old.
Accused Of Assaulting Flight Attendant Full Details
According to the Southwest Airlines flight attendants union, the flight attendant, who has not been recognized, is healing from her injuries.
Quinonez is seen punching a Southwest flight attendant, leaving her with a bloody mouth and face, before being escorted off the plane by cops. Quinonez is seen hitting the flight attendant many times in videos captured by other passengers and shared on social media. The flight attendant’s mouth and face were bloodied as a result of the incident. After the altercation, officers led Quinonez off the plane.
CBS News received a statement from Southwest Airlines, said, “Our reports indicate that a passenger physically assaulted a flight attendant upon landing on Flight #700 from Sacramento to San Diego Sunday morning. The passenger repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing. Law enforcement officials were requested to meet the flight upon arrival, and the passenger was taken into custody.”
As travel resumes normalcy with the relaxation of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions, the union and the FAA have both lately noted a trend of attacks on flight attendants and airport staff. A spokesman for the union, Lyn Montgomery, told CBS News, “This unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming more aggressive in nature,”
Quinonez Attacks a Southwest Flight Attendant (Full Video)
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) tweeted, “We have zero tolerance for unruly or dangerous behavior on an airplane. The consequences are serious: up to $35K in fines or imprisonment.”
Quinonez could face federal penalties or a fine from the FAA in addition to the allegations brought against her in San Diego County court. The attack occurred, wrote Susan Marie Stidham, a passenger on the airplane, on Facebook, “simply because she was asked to put her seatbelt back on. I asked about the injured flight attendant on my return flight, and she reportedly has a broken nose, injured face, and broken teeth. Someone can identify the perp even though she is wearing a mask. Hoping that they will give her jail time and put her on the No Fly list.”
Stidham added, “While the flight attendant was staggering back with a bloody face, we were all told to stay in our seats while they brought in police to remove the unruly passenger.”
Another passenger, Taro Arai, twitted, “Can we go any further in the US? Just witnessed a woman punch a flight attendant. 5 hr delay so far.”
Arrested And Charged
After the plane landed at the San Diego airport, local authorities apprehended Quinonez. San Diego Harbor Police told KUSI that she was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility.
She was arrested and charged with criminal battery resulting in serious bodily injury. After posting $35,000 bail, she was eventually released. Quinonez is due in court in San Diego County on September 30, according to CBS 8.
Battery inflicting significant physical injury, commonly known as aggravated battery, is a felony punishable by up to four years in jail in California, according to state law. Quinonez might face federal charges as well as state ones as a result of the incident.