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Record number of violent airline passengers

PHOENIX — We’ve all seen the viral movies exhibiting the chaos onboard tons of of flights 30,000 ft within the air.

Aggressive flyers on industrial planes cussing, spitting and even attacking different passengers or flight attendants. They are known as “unruly passengers” in accordance with the Federal Aviation Administration

In 2021, the FAA reported 1,099 investigations into these sorts of conditions. The most ever recorded since 1995, which is way back to the information goes on its web site.

Most might guess why there have been so many who year. “That was the mask mandate,” stated Sara Nelson, the President of the Association of Flight Attendants. 

Nelson stated the bulk of these assaults have been on flight attendants asking passengers to put on masks whereas on the airplane, which on the time was federally required. Nelson stated, “Many of those issues were physical assaults.”

While that mandate is not in impact, Nelson stated these sorts of assaults haven’t slowed down. “The violent events that have taken place on the planes, those incidents, unfortunately, have not gone down.” 

So far this year, there have been 673 FAA investigations into these unruly passengers out of the practically 2,000 stories filed. Nelson stated there’s a frequent theme with every one of these stories. 

“Most of the incidents that we encounter, especially the violent incidents, have to do with alcohol,” she stated

Flight attendants now taking self-defense lessons to take care of these conditions because the AFA requires the Department of Justice to prioritize these incidents. 

Aggressive passengers are beginning to face the results for his or her conduct. Nelson believes jail time and stiff fines will ship a transparent message.

“People have to understand there are very severe consequences,” Nelson stated.

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