Air rage in­ci­dents re­ported by air­lines on the rise

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - MARKETPLACE - By Joan Lowy

WASH­ING­TON >> In­ci­dents of un­ruly pas­sen­gers on planes are in­creas­ing, and more ef­fec­tive de­ter­rents are needed to tackle the prob­lem, a global air­line trade group said Wed­nes­day.

There were 10,854 air rage in­ci­dents re­ported by air­lines world­wide last year, up from 9,316 in­ci­dents in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion. That equates to one in­ci­dent for ev­ery 1,205 flights, an in­crease from one in­ci­dent per 1,282 flights the pre­vi­ous year.

A ma­jor­ity of in­ci­dents in­volved ver­bal abuse, fail­ure to fol­low crew in­struc­tions and other an­ti­so­cial be­hav­ior. Eleven per­cent in­cluded phys­i­cal ag­gres­sion to­ward pas­sen­gers or crew or dam­age to the plane. Al­co­hol or drugs were a fac­tor in 23 per­cent of the cases. In the vast ma­jor­ity of in­ci­dents, the drugs or al­co­hol were con­sumed prior to board­ing or im­bibed se­cretly on board, the as­so­ci­a­tion said.

Train­ing staff in air­port bars and duty-free shops to sell al­co­hol re­spon­si­bly, in­clud­ing avoid­ing of­fers that en­cour­age binge drink­ing, can cut in­ci­dents by half, the as­so­ci­a­tion said, cit­ing an ini­tia­tive by Monarch Air­lines at Lon­don’s Gatwick Air­port.

Air­lines al­ready have strong guide­lines and crew train­ing on “the re­spon­si­ble pro­vi­sion of al­co­hol,” the as­so­ci­a­tion said.

A woman in Eng­land pleaded guilty in June to as­sault­ing an easyJet pi­lot. Pros­e­cu­tors said she punched the pi­lot in the face af­ter he deemed her too in­tox­i­cated to fly. In an­other case, a male pas­sen­ger al­legedly uri­nated on fel­low easyJet pas­sen­gers as they were wait­ing to de­plane af­ter land­ing at Ed­in­burgh.

Six men in­volved in a drunken brawl dur­ing a Jet­star flight from Syd­ney to Thai­land in July were or­dered off the plane af­ter it di­verted to In­done­sia.

An Amer­i­can Air­lines pi­lot tack­led one pas­sen­ger to the floor af­ter he tried to force his way off the plane as it tax­ied to the gate in Char­lotte, North Carolina. “You don’t put your hands on my flight at­ten­dant!” the pi­lot can be heard yelling on a video taken by an­other pas­sen­ger. The un­ruly pas­sen­ger was ar­rested and charged with be­ing in­tox­i­cated and dis­rup­tive.

Other re­cent in­ci­dents in­clude a Los An­ge­les­bound Delta Air Lines flight di­verted to Tuc­son, Ari­zona, es­corted by two Air Force fighter jets, af­ter a pas­sen­ger re­fused to re­turn his seat. The fol­low­ing month, the FBI and Hawaii state sher­iffs ar­rested a 35-year-old man who al­legedly bit a flight at­ten­dant on a Hawai­ian Air­lines flight from Pago Pago in Amer­i­can Samoa to Honolulu.

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