Blacklists and serving restrictions are among measures being considered as government agencies tighten rules to combat the growing menace of air rage.
The problem is at its worst in Britain, where some airlines are putting disruptive drunk passengers and known thugs on flying blacklists. British Airways is reported to have advertised for a “disruptive passenger investigator”.
The Times reports that UK authorities are also prepared to impose limits on how much alcohol can be served during flights and impose tighter checks at boarding gates.
A blacklist would apply to British passengers and would be enforced by UK registered airlines, the paper reported. If successful, the idea could spread.
Britain is badly afflicted with air rage incidents, like the horror on a Jet2 flight last month. A maniacal passenger on the Leeds-based cut-price carrier settled an in-flight grievance by biting off a fellow traveller’s ear while shocked families of holidaymakers looked on appalled.
Latest figures from the UK Civil Aviation Authority record 156 “air rage” incidents so far this year.
Pilots are increasingly concerned about the disruption caused by drunk passengers.
Jet2 features in quite a few incidents, but it’s fighting back. In July, Jet2 sent one drunken passenger a bill for GBP 4809 (AUD 10,460) to cover the cost of the flight diversion he caused through offensive behaviour while drunk on vodka. The airline is reported to be suing another obnoxious drunk in a Spanish court for causing similar disruption on a flight to Spain.
Jet2 recently placed a lifetime flight ban on an exuberant 22-year-old Englishman said to have deliberately flashed his genitals at cabin crew as the plane flew to the Mediterranean island of Majorca.
It also helped Manchester police arrest a local criminal who was part of a group travelling back to Manchester Airport from Portugal. The offender, who was in breach of his bail conditions, was also fined for stealing from the in-flight bar and intimidating staff with aggressive behaviour.
Written by Peter Needham