Could larger penalties and fines help decrease the amount of incidents involving unruly passengers aboard planes?
According to Today.com, “Flight attendants want air rage fines boosted“.
In late December, I wrote about an inflight fight over a crying baby and over the summer an unruly dad caused a JetBlue flight to be diverted. We’ve also had drunks be the cause of planes being turned around.
Could it be true that bigger fines would really make people think twice before they act out on a flight?
I’d say yes and no.
For the rational people out there, odds are high that they wouldn’t act out. But when you come to people who are drinking too much, once they get to that point, I’m not sure a fine is something that would be on their mind. The same goes for those that get into a heated argument over reclining seats and other touchy topics onboard.
Although fines could be steep for causing trouble during a flight, the Today articles says that “although the FAA can issue fines of up to $25,000 per offense, it often settles for far less than it levies“.
As an example, back in 2012 a drunk and violet passenger paid $0 after being fined $15,000 due to financial troubles. In another case, a disruptive passenger was fined $5,000 but settled with the FAA for $200!
I’d suggest that if people can’t follow the rules and behave properly, ban them from flying. That’s sure to get people’s attention fast.
Do you think that bigger fines and stiffer penalties would help to decrease air rage on flights?
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