Ms. Quinonez, who was sitting in an aisle seat, stood up and punched the attendant within the face a number of instances, in accordance with the video. She additionally grabbed her hair earlier than the girl was in a position to transfer again up the aisle. A number of passengers grabbed at Ms. Quinonez’s garments to attempt to cease her.
Prosecutors stated the flight attendant, who was not named in court docket paperwork, was taken to a hospital with accidents that included a swollen eye, a bruised arm and a reduce below her eye that needed to be stitched. They stated she additionally had three chipped tooth, two of which had to get replaced with crowns.
Based on court docket paperwork, Ms. Quinonez sought a sentence of time served whereas prosecutors had requested 4 months in custody and 6 months in residence confinement. In imposing the longer sentence, Decide Robinson “strongly thought of the necessity for basic deterrence,” Jaclyn Stahl, an assistant US lawyer, stated in an electronic mail.
“He defined that the victims included not simply the flight attendant sufferer and Southwest Airways, however all passengers on the aircraft that day and flight attendants working within the business,” Ms. Stahl stated.
In a letter dated Could 18 and addressed to Decide Robinson, a Southwest consultant stated that the corporate wished the sentence to function a deterrent to unruly and violent conduct. The letter stated that the corporate’s government crew had heard from “numerous flight attendants” who felt below assault throughout a pandemic that pushed worry round journey to an all-time excessive.
“What occurred on Flight 700 was completely horrific,” wrote Sonya Lacore, a vice chairman at Southwest. “In my 20+ 12 months profession at Southwest, I’ve by no means seen such an inexcusable, violent assault of a flight attendant by a passenger. Even worse, the incident was captured on video and solid throughout tv and media channels.”
“The video of the assault nonetheless sickens me,” she added.