The number of brawlers on flights has increased by almost half compared to last year. Such data are contained in the report of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which, among other things, calculated the number of brawlers and rapists on flights around the world – and it turned out that in 2022 their number increased by 47% compared to 2021.
So, the report states that in 2022 it was reported that one out of every 568 flights was reported with a scandal on board, which led to the call of the police at the airport and to an emergency landing. Moreover, in 2021, an emergency happened only in one case out of 835 flights. That is, the number of passengers causing problems on flights in 2022 is 47 percent higher than in the previous year.
“The increase in the number of brawlers is alarming. Both passengers and crew members have the right to a safe and trouble-free flight,” said IATA Deputy CEO Conrad Clifford.
The association also reported that, according to more than 300 airlines, the most common cases of brawls on board are non-compliance with instructions, verbal abuse, and alcohol abuse on board. Physical violence against flight personnel, fortunately, was quite rare – but it also shows a serious increase – by 61%, clashes between brawlers and personnel occur on one out of 17,200 flights. Other incidents include smoking e-cigarettes in the cabin or in the restrooms, not wearing seat belts during warnings, and not placing luggage as instructed.
As a result, the association called on governments to ratify the 2014 Montreal Protocol (MP14) to reduce violence and disorder on flights and give staff more power to deal with brawlers. In addition, the proposals include tougher liability for incidents on board and “zero tolerance” for such incidents.
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