Happy Holidays! Airlines Really Are Restraining More Disorderly Passengers
Something to ponder in the next few weeks as you wait in an
interminable TSA line for the privilege of cramming yourself
into a seat that seems to shrink with every successive trip:
The number of incidents involving disorderly airline passengers
is in fact increasing.
Can’t imagine why everyone is stressed and full of rage!
Bloomberg reports that it’s not simply that these stories are
viral gold because they resonate with the angriest parts of our
souls. Airlines really are confining more belligerent/unruly
As the number of serious incidents involving drunk and
violent travelers increases, airlines are being forced to
physically restrain an increasing number of disorderly
passengers, according to the International Air Transport
Statistics released Tuesday by the industry’s main trade
group show a 50 percent rise last year to 169 passengers who
were forcibly confined for behavior ranging from verbal and
physical abuse to life-threatening actions — the most serious
of which involved attempts to enter the cockpit.
Now, reported incidents overall did indeed drop. But “the
portion that were deemed a higher risk increased from 2015,”
Try to keep your cool out there, everybody.