Air rage Increasing in the not-so-friendly skies

Passengers behaving badly have become a real problem recently.

A battle over the President-elect ignites on a flight and the video is going viral with the captain scolding passengers that 35,000 feet isn't the place for a political fight.

 

An exchange of words unfolded between a man and woman on a United Airlines international flight leaving San Francisco for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The argument apparently started with a Trump supporter offending the passenger sitting next to him.  He reportedly made a comment about being ‘glad to have kept his guns’ to an African American woman and she began to cry.

“If there's anyone who has a problem with this, that needs to vent or rant or rave, there's another flight tomorrow, it's not going to be on this one," the pilot said and passengers erupt in cheers.

10News asked you on social media what's the craziest thing you've seen happen on a plane?

In cramped cabins, numbers show air rage is increasing. Last year, 10,854 incidents of unruly passenger incidents were reported by airlines to the International Air Transport Association.

We’ve seen the videos of a passenger panicking on a plane to Tampa, screaming, “God, you're my savior!”  A passenger comments, “She's been freaking out for the last 20 minutes.”

 

 

A pilot takes down some drunken debauchery.  “Sit down, sit down,” the pilot demands.  The passenger is seen shoving the flight attendant, then the pilot takes the passenger down to the floor.  “Whatever you do is going on Facebook,” the passenger tells the pilot.

 

 

 

Pilots say that’s the benefit of so many smartphones.

“Cell phone video is great, because people catch others in the act,” said pilot and 10News aviation expert Mark Weinkrantz.

Weinkrantz has 30-years of experience flying commercial aircraft.

“We have the emergencies that are mechanical, but I think what we're more concerned on a daily basis is the behavior of passengers," he said. "The craziest thing had to be someone who felt claustrophobic on a airplane halfway across the Pacific, and they wanted to get out the door.

"Our biggest challenge is people who drink on the aircraft, because they lose control, because their normal filters just disappear.”

We asked Weinkrantz why he believes there are more cases of air rage.

“More and more people are traveling," he said. "They're feeling there's a smaller area to move in. People sacrifice control when they climb on an airplane. It's not a comfortable feeling and it becomes a very small space at 35,000 feet.”

It's up to pilots when to ground the plane and get police involved. The trouble-making travelers can also face federal fines for their bad behavior.

“Up to $25,000, but once you're in the moment in that rage, you lose sight of everything else. It’s similar to road rage, but it's a scary situation because other people sitting around are watching someone who has lost control,” said Weinkrantz.

(© 2016 WTSP)


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