FAA Official, Flight Attendant In Altercation Aloft

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An FAA official was handcuffed and detained when she disembarked in Kansas City after an altercation during a Southwest Airlines flight on March 26, The Kansas City Star reported on Saturday. A flight standards manager for the Central Region, she had argued with a flight attendant, according to the Star. The flight attendant told police that the official had confronted him about how he was handling a disturbance in the back of the airplane. He told the official to sit down and let him handle it, and the official allegedly became verbally combative and shoved him. Police and investigators from the Transportation Security Administration met the airplane when it landed, and the official was handcuffed after she objected to being detained. The official was questioned and released, and no charges were filed in the incident. An FAA spokesman told the Star that interference with flight-crew operations violates federal aviation law and is subject to a civil fine of up to $10,000.