Thanks to social media and other reporting methods, passenger misbehavior on flights appears to be at an all-time high. Business Insider reports the most common reasons that passengers get kicked off flights and the procedures that the crew follows for dealing with unruly fliers.
Being a flight attendant is all about passenger safety. During training, safety is drilled into flight attendants for six weeks. So if passengers are behaving in a manner that puts the rest of the flight at risk, then flight attendants have the option to refuse to allow passengers to board, restrain passengers, divert the flight and even use tasers in extreme cases.
Flight attendants jobs are to enforce safety on board and that includes getting passengers to comply with the law which says that passengers must obey flight attendants instructions. Flight attendants don’t have the authority to get passengers to comply, that’s the pilots’ job. But usually pilots will back up flight attendants.
Things that flight attendants look for are:
- Showing signs of drinking too much before boarding
- Being sick or vomiting
- Being disrespectful or aggressive to the crew
- Getting physical with someone
- Trying to open the door mid-flight (it’s not possible, but people try anyway)
These are all serious potential problems that can cause issues for not only the crew but also other passengers. As a result, the pilot may decide how to deal with the situation.