Who is Vyvianna Quinonez?
Vyvianna Quinonez is a California woman who is reportedly accused of harassing a Southwest Airlines flight attendant, knocking out two of her teeth, on a plane headed from Sacramento to San Diego. Quinonez was charged with felony battery and released on bail after being arrested when the flight landed.
Videos of the Sunday, May 23, 2021, incident went viral, but one fellow passenger who recorded the incident said Quinonez was acting in self-defense.
Passenger accused of assaulting flight attendant identified as Vyvianna Quinonez, 28. Southwest has banned her from future flights and San Diego Police arrested her for felony battery https://t.co/2S61XP9Tnx https://t.co/KfRWx3WTOv
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 28, 2021
How old is Vyvianna Quinonez?
Vyvianna Quinonez is 28 years old as of the year 2021.
Vyvianna Quinonez Southwest Airlines
The flight attendant is recovering from her injuries, the Southwest Airlines flight attendants union told CBS News.
The union and the Federal Aviation Administration have both recently highlighted a trend of attacks on flight attendants and airport workers as travel begins to return to normal amid the loosening of COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions. “This unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming more aggressive in nature,” Lyn Montgomery, a spokesperson from the union, told CBS News.
The FAA said in a tweet, “We have zero tolerance for unruly or dangerous behavior on an airplane.
It is not clear if Quinonez could be facing federal charges or a fine from the FAA in addition to the charges filed in San Diego County court against her.
Woman Punches Flight Attendant
Videos recorded by other passengers that were posted on social media show Quinonez punching the flight attendant multiple times.
The attack left the flight attendant with a bloody mouth and face. Quinonez was led off of the plane by police after the incident.
Southwest Airlines said in a statement to CBS News, “Our reports indicate that a passenger physically assaulted a flight attendant upon landing on Flight #700 from Sacramento to San Diego Sunday morning. The passenger repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing. Law enforcement officials were requested to meet the flight upon arrival, and the passenger was taken into custody.”
Vyvianna Quinonez Video
Another passenger posted a video of the incident and told Fox 40 the flight attendant provoked the fight. Michelle Manner told the news station, “Vyvianna had said to her three times, that we could hear, ‘Get off of me. Quit touching me. Get your hands off of me.’” Manner did not know Quinonez.
She said she heard the flight attendant “rudely” tell Quinonez and her travel companions to put their masks back on because they were below their noses.
“It was so unnecessary. In the first altercation, she had said that she was going to call the captain. And she should’ve just stayed there in her back cubby,” Manner told Fox 40. “But she came back out screaming at them again. The flight attendant continued to yell. And I mean she was yelling. We got to the point to, where we’re like, should we start videoing this? She was very unprofessional. Very rude, about the way she handled anything.”
Vyvianna Quinonez Mugshot
Quinonez was arrested by local police after the plane landed at the San Diego airport. S
he was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility, San Diego Harbor Police told KUSI. She was later released after posting $35,000 bail.
Quinonez is scheduled to appear in San Diego County court on September 30, CBS 8 reports.
Quinonez could also face federal charges as a result of the incident.
Vyvianna Quinonez Antelope California
Quinonez Is From Antelope, California, according to public records. She has studied at Sierra College and California State University-Sacramento, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has worked as a server at a Sacramento restaurant.
Her mother told the New York Post her daughter was not ready to speak about the incident.
Quinonez does not appear to have a prior criminal record.
Flight Attendant Punched
Montgomery, the spokesperson for the Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union, told CBS News, “We are asking our carrier, the government and the flying public’s help in ending this epidemic of aggression and assault. Flight attendants are first responders in the sky who are focused on safety. As people return to the skies, we are asking for everyone’s help in complying with flight attendant requests to help ensure a safe and fun atmosphere for all.”
The incident comes after the FAA released a statement about fines in multiple cases involving aggression toward flight crews.
Flight Attendant Twitter
Susan Marie Stidham, who was a passenger on the flight, wrote on Facebook, the attack occurred, “simply because she was asked to put her seatbelt back on. I asked about the injured flight attendant on my return flight, and she reportedly has a broken nose, injured face, and broken teeth. Someone can identify the perp even though she is wearing a mask. Hoping that they will give her jail time and put her on the No-Fly list.”
Sacto-San Diego-Dallas-Miami ✈️ Can we go any further in the US? Just witnessed a woman punch a flight attendant. 😳 5 hr delay so far…but I don’t worry about what I can’t control & just enjoy the precious time w/Koki, our future hope! #PeacefulMind pic.twitter.com/NhmQAwSiPx
— Taro Arai (@MikuniTaro) May 23, 2021
Stidham disputed the other passenger’s account. She wrote on Facebook, “But the FA did NOT ‘have it coming.’ The FA told her to put her seatbelt on and stay seated. Like it or not, those are the rules and she is in charge. What kind of person thinks that ‘the FA had it coming’ simply because she was doing her job?”