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Tell us: Do you have bizarre air rage stories?
- "Passenger arrested for punching captain and grabbing his crotch."
- "Drunk passenger tries to hijack plane."
- "Lavatory smoking causes fight on aircraft, plane diverted."
Apparently, altitudes and changes in air pressure can temporarily cause psychological changes in a person. If the passenger is drinking alcohol, the effects can be enhanced for the same reason. As a result, there have been other terrible and embarrassing air rage cases like:
- passengers defecating on food carts,
- beating up the crew (pinching, slapping, burning with cigarettes, attacking with broken wine bottle glasses), and
- trying to sexually assault their seat-neighbor.
A recent study by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Department for Transport (UK) was published in the Daily Mail, and says that cases of air rage have increased four-fold over the past four years. Some startling facts from the report:
- From 2007-2008, there were 2,702 cases of air rage.
- 63% of incidents were caused by drunk passengers smoking.
- 78% of the cases involved male passengers.
- Incidents have increased by 20% in the past 12 months.
- The number of reported incidents of violence towards cabin crew nearly doubled from 2006/07 to 2007/08.
Any sort of aggression and violence on air crafts is unacceptable, but how can they be controlled? Limit the service of alcohol? Re-introduce a smoker area on board? Hand out nicotine patches to smokers?
Luckily, other than the odd grumpy complaining passenger, I have never experienced a case of air rage. Have you? What happened? How was it handled? Tell us in the comments section!