THE BRONX - The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is making a push to get airline passengers to listen up or pay up at takeoff.

The authority, which runs all three major airports in the tri-state area, wants to enforce hefty fines for behavior that causes flight delays, such as ignoring orders to turn off a cell phone.

Officials say the fines could reach tens of thousands of dollars and include a trip to court, but that it would be for repeat offenders and incidents that result in lengthy delays.