Dec 13, 2018

Airlines are having trouble handling inappropriate passenger behavior

Passengers on a plane. Photo: Photo by Nicolas Economou/LightRocket via Getty Images

Airlines are struggling to deal with racist, homophobic, ageist and sexually abusive passengers on their flights, with 350 reported cases of such misconduct reported last year, Bloomberg reports, citing provisional data from the International Air Transport Association.

Why it matters: Several airlines have faced public criticism for their inability to prevent misconduct on their flights, while only one in 20 passengers are removed from planes for such behavior.

By the numbers:

  • Police or security officers were involved in just 178 of last year's 350 reported cases (this does not include incidents that went unreported).
  • Only 17 passengers were removed from the aircraft.
  • 178 were issued warnings.

What's happening: The data from the IATA highlights drunkenness and violence as the main catalysts behind such behavior, per Bloomberg. Data from the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority reports that unruly behavior due to intoxication has quadrupled in the country since 2013.

What they're doing: Airline personnel are receiving increased training in monitoring passenger alcohol consumption as well as deescalation techniques for when such incidents may occur. But the IATA says there is more work to be done.

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What we know: Deadly Storm Dennis whips at England, Wales and Ireland

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At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis on Monday as it continues to strike at parts of England, Wales and Ireland, per AccuWeather.

The big picture: Dennis is the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the United Kingdom. The army has been deployed in the U.K. to help with flood relief.

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Coronavirus cases rise as 14 American evacuees infected

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14 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the novel coronavirus before being flown in a "specialist containment" on a plane repatriating U.S. citizens back home, the U.S. government said early Monday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China.

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The cost of going after Bloomberg

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Here's the growing dilemma for 2020 Democrats vying for a one-on-one showdown with frontrunner Bernie Sanders: Do they have the guts — and the money — to first stop Mike Bloomberg?

Why it matters: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren all must weigh the costs of punching Bloomberg where he looks most vulnerable: stop-and-frisk, charges of sexism, billionaire entitlement. The more zealous the attacks, the greater the risk he turns his campaign ATM against them.