Washington [US], May 31 (ANI): Two major US airlines – American and Southwest – have postponed plans to resume alcohol consumption on flights to stop a wave of “undisciplined and violent” passenger behavior, which they have pushed, hit and called the flight attendants.
Both airlines announced the policies last week after the latest assault was captured in a viral video showing a woman punching a flight attendant on a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento, California to San Francisco. Diego on Sunday, The New York Times reported.
The flight attendant lost two teeth in the assault, according to her union, and the passenger, whom police identified as 28-year-old Vyvianna Quinonez, has been charged with battery causing serious bodily harm. He has also been banned from flying southwest all his life, the airline said.
Since January 1, the Federal Aviation Administration has received about 2,500 reports of undisciplined behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal mandate to wear masks on aircraft.
The agency said it had not tracked reports of undisciplined passengers in the past because the figures had been fairly consistent over the years, but that it began receiving reports of a “significant increase” in disruptive behavior from by the end of 2020, he reported.
“We’ve simply never seen anything like it,” Sara Nelson, international president of the Flight Assistants Association, said Wednesday during an online meeting with federal aviation officers. “We’ve never seen it so bad.” Southwest Airlines issued a statement on May 28 citing the “recent rise in the industry of incidental flights related to harmful passengers,” as it announced that it had suspended plans to resume alcohol consumption on flights.
“We realize this decision will be disappointing for some customers, but we believe it is the right decision now for the benefit of the safety and comfort of all users on board,” the statement said.
Similarly, American Airlines announced a similar policy on May 29th. He said the sale of alcohol, which had been suspended in the main cabin since the end of March 2020, would remain suspended until September 13, when a federal mandate was established that required passengers to wear masks on planes. , buses and trains are expected to expire.
In a statement, the airline stated that it acknowledged that “alcohol can contribute to atypical customer behavior on board and we owe it to our crew not to potentially exacerbate what can already be a new and stressful situation for our customers. “. “Over the past week we have seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft,” the note, which was issued on Saturday to American flight attendants, said. “Make it clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or ill-treatment of our crews.” American said alcohol would continue to be served in first class and business class, but only during the flight and not before departure, according to The New York Times (ANI)