Booze-fuelled air rage rises sharply

Alcohol-related incidents on board flights from the UK have nearly tripled over the past four years, according to figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). 

A drunk passenger on a plane.
A drunk passenger on a plane.

Last year there were 114 incidents compared to 85 in 2013, 47 in 2012 and only 39 in 2011, the majority of which were caused by alcohol, said the CAA.

Incidents alone this year have seen a passenger caught on video taking off his shirt and punching cabin walls, forcing an emergency landing.

Last year a passenger tried opening a cabin door during flight.

“There is no excuse for rude or aggressive conduct by passengers towards cabin crew or fellow passengers on board aircraft,” asserted a spokesman for the CAA.

“It is actually a specific criminal offence to be drunk on board an aircraft, and also to refuse to comply with instructions from the captain.”

Although the rise is significant, the CAA stated the issue is not as bad as it was in the late 1990s.

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