London’s Gatwick Airport is teaming up with local police in the English county of Sussex to introduce Project Disrupt, an initiative aimed at stemming instances of disruptive passenger behavior at the airport. The summer of 2018 saw 379 instances of aggressive incidents, up from the 48 seen in 2017.
With the number of disruptive incidents on the increase, London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) is taking steps to mitigate the impact of this kind of behavior on its operations, Yahoo reports. Earlier this week, LGW revealed that it is teaming up with police in the English county of Sussex – the locality in which the facility is situated – to introduce Project Disrupt, an initiative intended to halt instances of disruptive passenger behavior.
Project Disrupt will see police patrolling the facility and businesses within the airport will also be encouraged to monitor any aggressive passenger incidents. Additionally, the outlet reports that “The airport is also introducing handheld devices for recording incidents in a streamlined process dedicated to dealing with problems before they escalate.”
Those caught engaging in disruptive behavior could be fined up to £5,000 ($6,584) and be imprisoned for two years.
In the summer of 2018, 379 instances of disruptive behavior were reported at LGW, up from 48 incidents in 2017.
Speaking of the decision to implement this initiative, James Biggs, LGW’s prevention team inspector, said, “While the vast majority of passengers are well-behaved, and travel through the airport and arrive at their destination without a problem, there is a very small minority who ruin it for themselves and for others.”
“By engaging with passengers at the earliest opportunity – through patrols, face to face contact by police and airport staff and the distribution of posters and leaflets – we are making them fully aware of the rules and their own responsibility,” he added.
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