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Air Rage Attacks On Cabin Crew Double

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Incidents of violence by air passengers towards cabin crew have almost doubled, it was revealed today.

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

But incidents classed as “serious” fell from 58 to just 31 – the lowest figure for four years.

The statistics 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% of reported incidents.

Of the incidents, 74% involved male passengers and 26% involved female passengers and people in their 20s were the main offenders, although the age of offenders was only given in 21% 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: “It is good news that serious incidents are at their lowest for some time – but one act of unruly behaviour is still one too many.

“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.”

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