There’s been an uptick in unruly passenger incidents on commercial flights.
The Federal Aviation Administration said airlines reported more than 4,300 incidents – many involving intoxicated passengers or people defying mask mandates.
During a hearing by the house committee, flight attendants were able to speak out about harassment and violence on airplanes.
They have dealt with racial abuses, spitting, and assault. According to the union of flight attendants, this presents a safety hazard to everyone.
Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants stated, “Flight attendants can be seen throughout an aircraft for safety hazards such as depressurizations, fires, and medical emergencies, including possible medical emergencies on the flight deck.” “We can’t afford to lose any time responding to an emergency or preparing our emergency landing. Disturbing behaviours in the cabin can also cause disruptions on the flight deck, which could lead to flight safety being compromised.
In 2020 and 2019, the FAA opened less 200 investigations into unruly passengers. So far this year, it’s opened 789.