Passengers en route from Atlanta to Chicago weren’t expecting anything out of the ordinary. But their hopes of an incident-free flight were dashed when one woman started being disruptive. Although her fellow fliers begged her to behave herself, she ignored them, and as a result the flight was delayed by a mind-numbing four hours.
Air travel can be stressful at times. Not only do passengers have to organize luggage, stand in line, pay attention to instructions and sit in a cramped space, they have to do so in the company of scores of other travellers. In other words, it takes patience to fly.
There are a variety of reasons for the rise in incidences of aggression on airplanes. These include shrinking leg room in the airplane cabin, severe delays and surly security staff. Under those circumstances, it’s perhaps not surprising that passenger violence is on the increase.