During the flight and even before takeoff, James August of New Jersey became very unruly, threatening his girlfriend, her children, other passengers, crew members, and he even made physical contact with a flight attendant. All of that made the plane, bound for Kennedy, return to Honolulu.
James pleaded guilty in February to interfering with crew members. In June, U.S. District Senior Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced him to 3 years of probation.
2 days ago, she also ordered him to pay Hawaiian Airlines $98,000 which covers the extra costs needed to turn the plane around back to Kennedy. The costs include fuel, maintenance, ground crew and replacement ground crew, and the landing fee. However, it does not cover the almost $50,000 ($46,900) in food vouchers given to the delayed passengers on the flight, and the pax scheduled to take the return flight to Honolulu.
What are your thoughts on the punishment? Too harsh, just right, or not enough? I feel it’s great. Play stupid games win stupid prizes!