The cases of unruly passengers have been on the rise lately. These include drunk passengers, or those who simply defy the authority of their flight crew. Some passengers doesn't really bother about thinking of the safety and security of other fellow passengers and crew members. Well, this will soon be changing as a passenger was forced to pay up to $100,000 or close to Php 5,200,000 for his unruly behavior on board.
There are countless of cabin crew members who have become victims of unruly airline passenger behavior on board. In the Philippines alone, a passenger identified as M.V. Tello slapped her Cebu Pacific flight attendant for not stowing the former's luggage unto the overhead compartment. In other countries, we have seen cabin crew members becoming victims of physical assault from passengers. There are also some passengers who get too intoxicated on board that they are unable to control their own behavior, usually leading them to be a threat to other passengers and the crew.
A breath of fresh air as an unruly passenger was forced to pay up to $100,000. The Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to New York had to turn back after the passenger named James August threatened his girlfriend and the flight attendants. Hawaiian Airlines welcomed the courts ruling on the charges filed against the passenger. The passenger is asked to pay for the total fuel cost and all other unnecessary costs incurred caused by the divertion.
We hope that all other airlines and air transport authorities do take the rise of unruly passengers seriously as this put the safety and security of other passengers in danger. Hopefully, stiffer penalties be levied on unruly passengers found guilty of threatening or assaulting their flight crew, particularly those crew carrying out their duties to ensure the safety and security of all passengers on board.