Southwest Airlines has decided to ban alcohol sales after a flight attendant was attacked during a flight, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.
“Due to the increasing disruption of passengers in flights, I have decided to reevaluate the restart of onboard alcohol services,” Southwest’s head of flight operations, Sonya Lacore, told CNN.
The airline originally planned to resume regular alcohol sales in June. According to the news agency
The decision to postpone the sale of alcohol indefinitely comes after a passenger allegedly assaulted a flight attendant this week. Banned from the Southwest
Vyvianna Quinonez was charged with battery which caused serious injuries after allegedly teething two of a flight attendant, according to the San Diego Harbor Police Department.
A video of the incident shared on Twitter by CBS showed a caregiver with blood on her face after being hit.
A video obtained by CBS News shows the moment a Southwest Airlines flight attendant was stung by a passenger after asking her to fasten her seat belt during a flight from Sacramento to San Diego on Sunday. https://t.co/gQusevodYC pic.twitter.com/oOYvPdwCFj
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 27, 2021
after such event A Southwest union employee has written an open letter to CEO Gary Kelly urging him to address the growing abuses against flight attendants.
“From April 8 to May 15, there were 477 passenger misconduct incidents on Southwest Airlines planes,” said union president Lyn Montgomery. “This number of unprecedented events has reached an unbearable level. Incidents of non-compliance with passenger requirements have also become more aggressive.”
in january The Federal Aviation Administration has announced a “tolerance policy” in light of the increase in passenger-related violence and disorderly behavior on board aircraft in recent months.
Since the new rules were introduced Many passengers have been charged or fined.
Southwest did not immediately return a request for comment for The Hill.