There is an increase in unmanageable passenger incidents on commercial flights.
The Federal Aviation Administration said airlines have reported more than 4,300 incidents — many involving drunk passengers or people defying mask mandates.
A House Committee hearing allowed flight attendants to talk about the rise in violence and intimidation of planes.
They were subject to racist remarks, spitting, and assault. The union representing flight attendants says that this is a safety risk for everyone.
“Interns are the eyes throughout the aircraft for threats to flight safety – depressurization, fires, medical emergencies including potential medical emergencies in the cockpit,” said Sara Nelson, president of The Association of Flight Attendants. “We can’t afford to waste our time responding to emergencies and preparing for an emergency landing. Disruptions in cabin can also cause distractions from the cockpit, which can compromise the safety of flight.
In 2020 and 2019, the FAA opened less than 200 investigations into unruly passengers. So far, 789 investigations have been opened this year.