An unruly passenger caused an American Airlines plane to land in eastern Canada Saturday. The flight was en route from Chicago to London. CBS News reports Feb. 16 that once the plane landed at the airport in Newfoundland, authorities apprehended the difficult passenger.
Air rage is increasing and airlines will soon be enforcing new rules to enhance safety. As the report pointed out, the unruly passenger in eastern Canada represents the influx of stress travelers are enduring with long lines at check-in, security, baggage fees, and canceled flights. This is especially true of international flights.
Among some of the main factors behind unruly passengers is alcohol and sleep medication that makes it harder for passengers to follow directions..
According to the report, "between 2007 and 2011, reports of passenger misconduct increased dramatically, from 500 to more than 6,000, according to the International Air Transport Association."
In the U.S., the number is decreasing, but that is due to how passenger misconduct is classified when they violate rules. The penalty is severe.
A new rule will be proposed by the International Air Transport Association in March. Their goal is to make their standards more aligned with that of U.S. standards.
The unruly passenger who forced the plane to land at an eastern Canada airport Saturday was the last straw in airline crews and fellow passengers putting up with bad behavior. Stress is hard on travelers, but they need to get a grip and not take it out on everyone around them.
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