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How The Aviation Industry Plans To Tackle Unruly Passengers

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Stories and videos of unruly passengers have unfortunately been on the rise in the last few years, putting the safety of passengers and crew at risk. At the IATA World Security and Operations Conference (WSOC) earlier this month, industry leaders laid out their plan of action to tackle the problem. (simpleflying.com) More...

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avionik99
avionik99 3
All airports need to be "Alcohol Free" zones, period! 99% of problem solved! No one has to have alcohol in order to travel. We made them smoke free easily we can do this too!
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
It amazes me that they even allow Alcohol on Airport Property! just asking for problems... An Alcoholic can't wait for a plane without a drink and then he is a problem for everyone.. Need to get rid of ALL Booze on planes, but they won't because they make money off it! What a shame!
dvbavcon
Dean Brossman 1
Just another example of wanting to punish everyone based on the actions of a very few. I rarely have a drink at airports and in 30 plus years of consistent flying, I have never witnessed an episode with a drunk. Maybe because I fly during business hours and not tourist hours. (Daytime during the work week VS evenings and weekends. Just Lucky?)
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
Working in the Airline Industry, I have seen lots of them... They are "Rude, Arrogant, Loud, and Obnoxious" and a real pain to be around... No respect for A Drunk!
dvbavcon
Dean Brossman 1
I agree with you, the only point I am trying to make is that they make a very small percentage of passengers. They are "Rude, Arrogant, Loud, and Obnoxious" and a real pain to be around... No respect for A Drunk!
EMK69
EMK69 2
Airlines need to have one single database....you cause trouble and you are banned by all Airlines on a No-Fly list. Also, the Feds, and or local authorities, need to step up their game and actually charge individuals who become unruly no matter the reason. Hitting anyone in the pocketbook usually does the trick.
dvbavcon
Dean Brossman 2
IATA could easily do this task. Airlines just report the passenger and IATA keeps a database for all to use. Now who would be held liable for the accuracy of the data? What happens when two people have the same name? Probably not an easy task to perform unless you use a unique identifier for each passenger. Do you want to give your SSAN to the airline? Now what about data breaches? It just goes on and on as to why they don't do this.
mldavis2
Mike Davis 2
Airlines have the necessary data to ID persons which is what they use to enable TSA checks. Face scans, etc. are the norm these days. No excuses. They already have all the info they need to avoid confusion.
mbrews
mbrews 1
From the article : … many incidents occur after intoxication BEFORE boarding…. So, a useful strategy would include enforcement by airport bars & restaurants. And, how about adding a well-publicized breathalyzer test rig in the boarding queue. Yes there will be objections, the alternative is to escalate the problem to 30000 feet :)
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 7
The airport bars and restaurants don't have an incentive to limit alcohol consumption -- that's what they make much of their money from. The gate agents need to be vigilant and prevent intoxicated travelers from boarding.

Also, the airlines need to share a "No Fly" list to keep disruptive and abusive passengers off future flights. Bans by individual airlines are insufficient.
avionik99
avionik99 3
Oh yeah, ask gate attendants to stop a bunch of drunks from boarding. That'll go over well. I see no problems or incidents from that policy.
mbrews
mbrews 2
By that logic, you simply pass the inebriated passengers for Flight Attendants to deal with.

As sparkie points out below, while on the ground, the Airport Police can be called to intervene.

At airports in Edinburgh and Gladgow Scotland, there were notable cases where Airport police arrested on-duty PILOTS for over-the-limit alcohol ! THAT sure got people's attention.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
I don't care how well it goes over.. saw one refuse boarding to one drunk, Gate agent called the airport police... That guy did not get to fly that day, but he did get a free trip in a police car!

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