An airline has slapped a lifetime ban on an exuberant passenger accused of having wilfully exposed himself to cabin crew during a flight. It’s another unsavoury incident reinforcing IATA’s drive for a unified crackdown on unruly, offensive and dangerous behaviour by passengers.
The 22-year-old Englishman at the centre of the allegations is said to have deliberately flashed his genitals at cabin crew as the plane flew to the Mediterranean island of Majorca, a favourite with British holidaymakers.
The incident occurred on budget carrier Jet2.com, the Mail online reported.
The Leeds-based airline reported last week’s incident to police, as well as banning the man for life.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said in a statement: “We carry millions of families every year so this disgusting behaviour will not be tolerated.
“It is totally unacceptable. We pride ourselves on giving our customers a friendly and relaxing flight experience so we will take action against anyone who causes offence and disruption to our crew and passengers.”
The incident followed similar bizarre scenes in Canada that led to a woman being found guilty last week of committing an indecent act on a flight from Toronto to Halifax. See: Flight director dealt sternly with semi-naked woman
Alicia Elizabeth Lander said she had been too drunk to remember what happened, the Canadian Press reported. A judge quickly dismissed that defence.
The court was told that Lander knocked back 14 shots of whisky while drinking with a man at an airport bar and on the plane.
Meanwhile, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) continues to urge governments and industry to devise measures to effectively deter and manage “the significant problem of unruly air passenger behaviour”.
“Such behaviour includes committing physical assault, disturbing good order on board or failing to follow lawful crew instructions,” IATA said.
“Everybody on board is entitled to enjoy a journey free from abusive or other unacceptable behaviour.”
The definition of unruly behaviour is wide and includes non-compliance with crew instructions, consumption of illegal narcotics, sexual harassment, and physical or verbal confrontation or threats.
In 2013, the number of incidents of unruly behaviour voluntarily reported to IATA by airlines reached some 8000 cases. The 2014 total is believed to exceed that.
Intoxication, often resulting from alcohol already consumed before boarding, ranks high among factors linked to these incidents.
Written by Peter Needham