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Stewardess punched in bloody brawl mid-flight leads airlines to ban booze onboard

Stewardess punched in bloody brawl mid-flight leads airlines to ban booze onboard

Two airlines have banned booze on flights after a bloody punch-up on board.

Southwest and American Airlines will both stop serving alcohol after a string of recent incidents.

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They include an alleged attack by a Southwest passenger on a flight attendant during a journey from Sacramento to San Diego, California on May 23.

Footage of the scrap showed a passenger throwing repeated punches at the crew member, until a man intervened.

The flight attendant, who reportedly had two of her teeth knocked out, was seen with blood streaming down her face.

Chris Mainz, a spokesman for Southwest, accused the passenger of repeatedly ignoring standard instructions such as wearing a seat belt.

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A flight attendant was attacked
The flight attendant was seen with blood pouring down her face

He told CNN she “became verbally and physically abusive upon landing”.

Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, was arrested on suspicion of battery causing serious injury and booked into a detention facility.

Police said the flight attendant suffered “serious injuries”.

She received treatment at a hospital in San Diego and was later released.

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American Airlines has also suspended alcohol on flights until September 13, when a mandate for masks on all planes is due to end.

Southwest and American Airlines have suspended alcohol services
Southwest and American Airlines have now banned booze after the incident

Booze had been due to return on June 1.

The company first suspended its alcohol drinks service in March last year, to minimise interaction between crew and passengers during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a memo to flight attendants seen by CNN, managing director Brady Byrnes flight attendants are on the “front lines every day” enforcing policies like federally-required face masks.

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The row grew heated
Footage of the confrontation was shared online

He said: “Over the past week we’ve seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft.

“Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews.”

He said the airline will move “cautiously and deliberately” when restoring its practices from before Covid-19.

Mr Byrnes added: “We also recognise that alcohol can contribute to atypical behaviour from customers onboard and we owe it to our crew not to potentially exacerbate what can already be a new and stressful situation for our customers.”

Hundreds of incidents of passengers not wearing masks have been reported
There have been nearly 2,000 reports involving passengers refusing to comply with the face rule, authorities say

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The US Federal Aviation Administration said it has received around 2,500 reports of unruly behaviour by passengers since the start of this year.

This included about 1,900 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal face mask rule.

Europe has also seen violent incidents on board flights in recent months.

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A passenger on a Rynair flight attacked another female holidaymaker during a row about face masks last week.

The Italian woman was filmed hitting out at staff on the journey from Ibiza, Spain to Milan in Italy on Wednesday, May 26.

Ryanair said staff requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became “disruptive” during the flight.

She was removed by police upon arriving in Milan.

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