A California lady arrested for punching a Southwest Airlines flight attendant and busting three of her enamel has pleaded responsible within the brutal assault, federal prosecutors stated.
Vyvianna M. Quinonez, 28, was caught on digicam decking the flight attendant and leaving her bloodied and bewildered as Southwest Airlines Flight 700 descended into San Diego from Sacramento on May 23.
Prosecutors stated the flight attendant had requested Quinonez — who wasn’t sporting her face masks correctly — to place it on appropriately, to lock her seatbelt and put up her tray desk.
But Quinonez as a substitute attacked the flight attendant, first pushing the lady earlier than unleashing a number of vicious punches as shocked passengers seemed on. The in-flight assault was filmed by one other flier.
The flight attendant, recognized solely as S.L. in courtroom paperwork, was injured in the course of the brutal assault — with bruises to her left eye and a facial reduce that required three stitches. Three of her enamel have been additionally chipped, main to 2 of them being changed with crowns, federal prosecutors stated.
“The flight attendant who was assaulted was simply doing her job to ensure the safety of all passengers aboard the plane,” Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman stated in a press release Wednesday. “It’s inexcusable for anyone to use violence on an airplane for any reason, particularly toward a flight attendant who is there to keep all the passengers safe.”
Quinonez, who pleaded responsible to interfering with a flight attendant, is about to be sentenced on March 11. She faces as much as 20 years in jail and a $250,000 high-quality, however prosecutors will doubtless suggest a sentence of 4 months behind bars and 6 months of residence confinement, KGTV reported.
Quinonez has additionally been banned from flying once more on Southwest Airlines. She beforehand claimed she acted in self-defense and one other passenger accused the flight attendant of scary the high-profile in-flight incident.
The Federal Aviation Administration has obtained 5,779 stories of unruly passengers this yr, together with greater than 4,100 involving federally mandated masks on planes.
“The repercussions for passengers who engage in unruly behavior can be substantial,” the company’s web site reads. “They can be fined by the FAA or prosecuted on criminal charges.”
Passengers could be fined as much as $37,000 per infraction — a rise from the earlier cap of $25,000 — and one incident can result in a number of fines, the company stated.
Southwest Airlines didn’t touch upon the case late Wednesday, the New York Times reported.