Vyvianna Quinonez Bio – Vyvianna Quinonez Wiki
Vyvianna Quinonez is a 28-year-old Southwest Airlines passenger who knocked a flight attendant getting out two of her teeth. The shocking incident unfolded just after a flight from Sacramento landed in San Diego on Sunday, May 23rd. The incident began when the unnamed flight attendant confronted Quinonez and her other family members about putting their face masks back on, news station Fox40 reported. The flight attendant, who has not been identified, was treated at a hospital and released.
“It was so unnecessary. In the first altercation, she had said that she was going to call the captain,” said passenger Michelle Manner, who was sitting two rows in front of them. “And she should’ve just stayed there in her back cubby, but she came back out screaming at them again.”
New video shows an altercation between Vyvianna Quinonez and a Southwest Airlines flight attendant. A union representative says the flight attendant lost two teeth when she was struck. Quinonez who was arrested on battery charges claims it was self-defense. pic.twitter.com/aCAHGHxF5b
— CBS 8 San Diego (@CBS8) May 26, 2021
A Witness Passenger says the Flight Attendant Escalated the situation leading to the attack
The altercation then escalated after the flight attendant touched Vyvianna three times. “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 told the news station. Manner recorded the rest of the encounter in which Quinonez punched the flight attendant before another passenger intervened.
“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?” Manner said. “She was very unprofessional. Very rude, about the way she handled anything,” she added of the flight attendant.
Southwest Airlines passenger Statement
A Southwest spokesman, however, said the incident occurred when the passenger “repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing.” Quinonez was arrested on suspicion of battery causing serious injury. She was released from jail on a $35,000 bond, CBS8 reported.
Reached for comment, she said she acted in self-defense and would not speak further about the incident without an attorney present, the outlet reported.
Lyn Montgomery, president of the Southwest flight attendants union, said the employee is recovering. “She is recovering, I’m giving her privacy to recover and get over the shock of this to occur,” Montgomery told CBS8.
In her letter to CEO Gary Kelly on Sunday, Montgomery said the incident was one of the hundreds in a trend of unruly passengers. “The unprecedented number of incidents has reached an intolerable level, with passenger non-compliance events also becoming more aggressive in nature,” the union boss wrote.