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Passenger flying to Charlotte fined $17,000 for vaping, drinking, mask-refusing

The penalty is among more than $530,000 in fines levied against 34 passengers that the FAA announced last week.
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KEY WEST, Fla. — Federal aviation officials fined a woman $17,000 for drinking alcohol not served by the airline, vaping and refusing to wear a mask on a flight from Florida to North Carolina.

The Federal Administration Administration said the woman on a Republic Airways flight in February was drinking alcohol that wasn’t served by the airline, interfering with crew members, trying to use a vape pen and was not complying with the federal face mask mandate.

RELATED: FAA fines 34 more unruly airline passengers $531,000

The FAA says the aircraft returned to the gate at the Key West airport and she was removed from the plane.

The penalty is among more than $530,000 in fines levied against 34 passengers that the FAA announced last week.

The agency has now fined unruly passengers more than $1 million this year.

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