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While the number of flying people remains significantly lower than before the pandemic in COVID-19, as air travel becomes common. In other words, the number of people fighting in aircraft – attacking each other, abusing crew members orally and physically, and generally causing a scene – is higher than ever.
Airlines reported this year about 3,000 “disruptive passengers” (“disruptive passengers”) as data from the US Federal Aviation Administration, a “significant increase” that began in late 2020. In previous years, the FAA did not track these data, because previously they were “coherent.” But now the fighting is increasing and increasingly dangerous. “There’s a people.
According to CBS News, the FAA typically investigates around 140 cases of airline violence per year. By the end of May 2021, the FAA had investigated nearly 400 incidents. The agency proposed over $258,000 in total fines last month in an attempt to send a message that violence would not be tolerated on board. But, with fewer people flying in the first place, how did things get so bad so fast?
According to statistics, many of the fights are sparked by disagreements over the US federal mask mandate, which requires all passengers to wear masks on public transportation until September 13.
Passengers may remove their masks for a brief period of time while drinking or eating.) Furthermore, the FAA stated that 2,300 of the 3,000 recorded incidents involved people who “refused” to comply with the mask mandate.
Nelson also claims that when asked to put on a mask, many passengers become enraged and violent. “The constant combative attitude towards wearing masks is exhausting and, at times, horrific for the people who have been on the frontlines of this pandemic for over a year,” she said in her statement, a version of which was already published on the AFA-CWA website.
However, not everyone is mask related. A viral video of a woman attacking and hitting a flight attendant who asked her to wear a seat belt shows that she started making rounds on May the 27th. The flight attendant lost two teeth.
A JetBlue travelling body-slammed his attendant in February and almost drove him into a bathroom after he forbade her to take free things intended for top-of-the-line passengers. And one flight attendant says he has been commuted to an abrupt struggle between three passengers.
Many psychologists and trauma specialists agree that rage is a common reaction to the collective trauma over the past 15 months, along with depression and fatigue. In one study, more American students started to describe themselves as “angry” and as the pandemic progressed, they were “frustrated.” This rage and frustration can increase the volatility of people.
“Tensions are certainly on the increase in families: domestic violence, household maltreatment. “There are some evidence that child mistreatment is rising,” says The Harvard Gazette, David H. Rosmarin, PhD, a McLean Hospital clinician and Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor of psychology. “People are more on the verge of expressing themselves by anger which is obviously not healthy.”
Dr Rosmarin recalled going for a run in Boston, and a stranger yelling at him to take off his mask. Later, while he was running without a mask, a stranger yelled at him for ditching it. Although some people might expect the aeroplane fights to slow down once the mask mandate is lifted in September, it’s also possible that the ongoing tension between anti-maskers and other people could lead to even more confrontations.
On Monday, a group of transportation, flight attendant, and pilot unions wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling for support amid the “substantial increase” in violence and abuse on planes. “These incidents pose a safety and security threat to our passengers and employees, and we respectfully request that the Department of Justice commit to the full and public prosecution of onboard acts of violence,” wrote the coalition.
Some airlines also take steps to stop the violence. American and SW Aries both have announced that in an attempt to prevent disruptive, aggressive behaviour, they do not serve alcohol on flights. “And we owe it to our crew not to potentially exacerbate that which can already become a new and stressful state for our clients,” American Airlines writes according to The New York Times.
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