Ms. Quinonez, that was sitting in an aisle seat, stood up as well as punched the assistant in the face several times, according to the video clip. She additionally ordered her hair prior to the woman had the ability to return up the aisle.
Several travelers grabbed at Ms. Quinonez’s garments to attempt to stop her.Prosecutors claimed the steward, who was not named in court documents, was required to a hospital with injuries that included a swollen eye, a bruised arm and a cut under her eye that needed to be stitched.
They said she additionally had 3 chipped teeth, two of which needed to be replaced with crowns.According to court records, Ms. Quinonez sought a sentence of time offered while district attorneys had requested four months in custody and six months in residence confinement. In imposing the longer sentence, Judge Robinson”strongly considered the requirement for general deterrence,”Jaclyn Stahl, an assistant U.S. attorney, stated in an email.
“He described that the victims consisted of not simply the flight attendant victim as well as Southwest Airlines, yet all guests on the aircraft that day and flight attendants operating in the market,”Ms. Stahl said.In a letter dated May 18 and also addressed to Judge Robinson, a Southwest rep claimed that the firm desired the sentence to work as a deterrent to unruly and also terrible habits.
The letter claimed that the company’s executive group had actually spoken with”countless flight attendants” who really felt under fire during a pandemic that pushed anxiety around travel to an all-time high. “What happened on Flight 700 was definitely dreadful,” created Sonya Lacore, a vice president at Southwest.”
In my 20 +year job at Southwest, I have never seen such an untenable, violent assault of a steward by a passenger. Also even worse, the event was captured on video clip and cast across television and media networks.””The video of the attack still upsets me,”she added.Livia Albeck-Ripka contributed coverage.