Tension on the Milan-Brindisi flight, the woman risks paying 8,000 euros in damages – Corriere.it
The low-cost airline Ryanair could even ask for 8,000 euros in compensation Passenger that caused the Milan Malpensa-Brindisi flight to be delayed by almost three hours last May 11th. This is the damage caused by the traveler refusing to interrupt the video call while the Boeing 737 was approaching the runway. The woman is also expected to end up on the Irish company’s blacklist, making it impossible for her to get back on board.
Flight FR3416 was scheduled to depart at 5:45 p.m. According to the tracks provided by Flightradar24, the plane arrived in Malpensa an hour later than the previous flight, which had departed from Catania. On board the connection to Brindisi, the woman did not want to put her mobile phone on flight mode – as required by international regulations – and was forced to disembark by police after questionable behavior towards cabin crew and some other travelers.
Thus, the Boeing took off at 8:34 p.m., almost three hours after the scheduled time. But as written the previous delay was one hour so the other two hours are due to the harassing passenger. After arriving in Brindisi, the plane, which is also staying overnight in Malpensa, took off for the Lombard airport in the province of Varese, maintaining the three-hour delay. Every Ryanair plane departs from Malpensa – according to available figures courier — generated an hourly turnover of 1,900 euros in the first three months of this year. In short, the potential damage caused by the problem traveler amounted to at least 7,600 euros in revenue.
The schedule of fines
When it comes to the economic impact of harassing behavior, airlines do not act in any particular order. One of the few that explicitly clarifies the impact of Wizz Air problem passengers. The European low-cost company confirms that smokers on board could be fined €3,000, boarded drunk or under the influence of drugs could face a €5,000 fine and risk up to two years in prison, rising to five for anyone found guilty affect the safety of an aircraft. On the other hand, anyone who forces the plane to divert to another location in order to be picked up by the police will have to reimburse the diversion costs of between 10,000 and 80,000 euros. In the latter case, getting blacklisted by the carrier seems to be the least of your problems.