FAA seeks $27,500 from passenger it says hit flight attendant

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2020 file photo, people wait in line at a Delta Air Lines gate at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. U.S. airlines are pressing their case against requiring coronavirus testing of passengers on domestic flights. The CEOs of several major airlines met Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 with the White House's coronavirus-response coordinator to lobby against a testing requirement. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – A passenger who allegedly hit a flight attendant after an argument over wearing a face mask could soon be $27,500 poorer.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it is proposing the financial penalty against a person who became combative after they and a companion were asked to leave a Delta Air Lines flight from Miami to Atlanta in October.

The FAA says the person’s companion refused to wear a face mask or seatbelt, forcing the crew to return the plane to the gate.

Delta, like most airlines, requires passengers to wear masks except when eating or drinking.

The FAA is not identifying the passenger.