Unruly, aggressive behavior in the skies is nothing new. With these incidents significantly on the rise, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is partnering with a number of industry bodies to launch the “Not On My Flight” initiative to raise awareness of disruptive in-flight behavior.
Unruly behavior in the skies is nothing new, but these unpleasant incidents are noticeably on the rise, reports Business Insider. Information from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that, in 2017, one passenger on every 1,053 journeys became disruptive or aggressive.
Putting that figure into context, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), says that this equates to one flight disrupted by an aggressive passenger every three hours.
Looking at 2018, EASA has revealed that last year alone saw a 34% increase on the figures for 2017.
“These figures are worrying as they show an increasing trend. What is particularly disturbing is that these incidents have a direct impact on both the safety of crew and passengers. Even though the number of unruly passengers is small considering the total number of people flying, the impact of their actions can have a disproportionate effect both on the smooth operation of the flight and more importantly on its safety,” the body explained in a statement.
In an effort to combat disruptive behavior in the skies, EASA has partnered with other bodies across the aviation industry, including IATA, to introduce its “Not On My Flight” initiative. This campaign aims to raise awareness of how aggressive passengers can negatively impact on the experience of their fellow travelers.
As part of this campaign, EASA is engaging with the flying public in order to take a stance on this kind of disruptive behavior. It is asking them to share this video and use the Twitter hashtag #notonmyflight to show what it describes as “zero tolerance” for this kind of behavior.
In a statement, IATA explained that, due to loopholes in current legislation, many instances of disruptive behavior are not punished. According to Tim Colehan, IATA’s assistant director, external affairs, these kinds of incidents remain “a significant problem”.
In addition to shoring up the current legislation on disruptive passengers, IATA is, “…advocating for the wider use of civil and administrative penalties so that unruly passengers can be held to account for their misbehavior.”
[Image Source: Screenshot from EASA video]