'Alcohol fuelled air rage incidents'


Of nearly 3,500 significant incidents during the year until March, 44 were classified as serious, official figures showed.  The most common age group involved was the 30-39 years bracket, and incidents spanned from violence to crew to smoking on board.

Of the 44 reports classed as serious, 29 involved passengers being restrained and 13 involved aircraft diversions.  “These incidents most commonly involved alcohol as a contributory factor, followed by conflict with other passengers and illness or suspected mental instability; there were a number of cases of threatening behaviour and physical violence,” the Department of Transport said. Alcohol was involved in 37 per cent of reported incidents.

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