Severe air rage incidents on the rise

Most cases involve verbal abuse, many involve alcohol
Cases of unruly passengers on planes are on the rise, and better deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, global airline trade association IATA says.
As many as 10,854 ‘air rage’ incidents were reported by airlines in 2015, up from 9,316 the previous year. That means one incident per 1,205 flights.
Examples range from six men in a drunken brawl on a Jetstar flight from Sydney to Thailand in July (they were ordered off the plane after it diverted to Indonesia) to an English woman punching an easyJet pilot in the face after he said she was too drunk to fly, to a man urinating on fellow passengers as they waited to leave an easyJet plane after landing at Edinburgh.
Most incidents involve verbal abuse and other anti-social behaviour, with 11% including physical aggression and 23% involving alcohol or drugs. In the vast majority of the latter cases, the drugs or alcohol were consumed before boarding or secretly on board.
Staff in airport bars and duty-free shops must be trained to sell alcohol responsibly, IATA said. Offers encouraging binge drinking should be avoided. Also more countries have to ratify a 2014 treaty that closes gaps in laws for dealing with unruly passengers. Only six countries have ratified it so far – Bahrain, Congo, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guyana and Jordan.


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