The Federal Aviation Administration as many as a dozen passengers could pay fines as high as $30,000 for interfering with airline crews.
The automaker said the stunt was meant to highlight its move toward electric vehicles.
A door camera captured the horrific accident in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Buttigieg, who has called for the U.S. to be a global leader in high-speed rail, said there's nothing he loves more "than bringing attention to an unglamorous topic."
Speaking to Seth Meyers, the transportation secretary reminded viewers that, yes, air transit can be romantic -- and an apt metaphor for marriage itself.
The airline said safety remained its “highest priority” and that it was working closely with federal investigators.
The transportation secretary said there is no reason America has to "settle for less" when it comes to public transportation.
The Senate has confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, making him the first openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet post.
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will serve as the country's 19th secretary of transportation.
Officials believe they have identified the location of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, one day after the passenger plane carrying 62 people crashed.