“Based on the increased disruption to in-flight passengers, I made the decision to re-evaluate restarting on-board alcohol service,” wrote Sonya Lacore, Southwest’s in-flight operations manager, according to CNN.
The airline had originally planned to resume normal alcohol sales in June, according to the press service.
The move to postpone alcohol sales indefinitely comes after the passenger who allegedly attacked a flight attendant this week was banned from Southwest.
Vyvianna Quinonez has been charged with battery causing serious bodily harm after allegedly knocking out two of the flight attendant’s teeth, according to the San Diego Port Police Department.
Video of the incident shared on Twitter by CBS showed the attendant with blood on her face after being punched.
Video obtained by CBS News shows the moment a Southwest Airlines flight attendant was struck by a passenger after asking her to keep her seat belt fastened on a flight from Sacramento to San Diego on Sunday. https://t.co/gQusevodYC pic.twitter.com/oOYvPdwCFj
– CBS News (@CBSNews) May 27, 2021
In the aftermath of the incident, employees of the Southwest Workers’ Union wrote an open letter to CEO Gary Kelly urging him to tackle growing abuses against flight attendants.
“From April 8 to May 15, there were 477 incidents of passenger misconduct on Southwest Airlines aircraft,” wrote union president Lyn Montgomery. “This unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming increasingly aggressive. “
In January, the Federal Aviation Administration announced a “zero tolerance policy” in January due to an increase in passenger-related violence and disorderly behavior on board planes in recent months.
Since the introduction of the new regulations, several passengers have been charged or sentenced to heavy fines.
Southwest did not immediately return The Hill’s request for comment.