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Air Rage Attacks On Cabin Crew Double In Just One Year

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Violent attacks on cabin crew by passengers almost doubled in 2007/08, it was revealed today.

And while violent incidents were up, those classed as serious fell from 58 to just 31 – the lowest figure for four years.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority figures published by the Department for Transport the total number of significant incidents of disruptive behaviour by passengers increased from 2,161 in 2006/07 to 2,671 in 2007/08.

Air rage attacks on cabin crew have doubled in just 12 months according to figures

The statistics also showed that the number of reported incidents of violence towards cabin crew rose from 58 in 2006/07 to 99 in 2007/08.

But during 2007/08, no case was reported in which disruptive behaviour contributed to an aviation accident.

Alcohol consumption and smoking were the main contributory factors in 63 per cent of reported incidents.

Of the incidents, 74 per cent involved male passengers and 26 per cent involved female passengers.

People in their 20s were the main offenders, although the age of passsengers was only given in 21 per cent of all cases.

There were 31 reports of incidents involving groups of 10 or more people in 2007/08, compared to 40 in the previous reporting year.

Aviation Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said while it was good to hear that serious incidents were down, there were still too many attacks on cabin crew.

‘In recent years we have introduced much tougher maximum penalties for people acting in a threatening or disruptive way on aircraft.

‘Disruptive behaviour is completely unacceptable and our primary concern is to protect the safety and welfare of passengers and crew.

‘I am pleased that reporting of incidents continues to improve and that airlines are also taking a firmer line in dealing with any disruption. We want everyone to be able to fly without fear of disruptive behaviour.’

The increase in the total number of incidents reported is against a backdrop of more flights and more people flying.

In 2007/8, UK airlines participating in the reporting scheme carried around 124 million passengers on approximately one million flights.

This compares to 121 million passengers carried on slightly fewer flights in 2006/7.

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