The UK Civil Aviation Authority has revealed that the variety of disruptive passenger incidents reported has remained comparatively steady regardless of the surge in total passenger numbers.
There was a complete of 415 incidents reported in 2016, 417 in 2017 and a slight drop to 413 in 2018.
Alongside this, between 2016 and 2018, the numbers of passengers departing from Britain’s airports grew by 8.9 per cent.
The figures confer with any passenger incident threatening the security of an plane, whether or not or not alcohol associated.
They rely matters like a passenger caught smoking in a aircraft bathroom, whether or not drunk or not, and would seize aggressive behaviour towards cabin crew because of medicine or normal frustration.
The CAA’s information reveals that solely 31 per cent of the incidents in 2017 have been explicitly linked to alcohol.
There are optimistic indicators at each a nationwide and native stage with Glasgow Airport, as an example, reporting a 52 per cent lower in outbound alcohol-related offenders.
At Heathrow Airport, there was roughly one incident of alcohol-related disruptive behaviour per million departing passengers final yr, based on police figures.
At Manchester Airport, 2018 noticed a 23 per cent discount in incidents of disruptive behaviour based on Better Manchester Police figures, and at Birmingham Airport alcohol-related disruptive incidents have been down by a fifth for outbound passengers when evaluating the second half of 2018 in opposition to the second half of 2017.
The aviation business has all the time taken the uncommon prevalence of disruptive passengers extraordinarily critically with penalties together with being denied boarding, fines of as much as £80,000 or jail for probably the most critical offences.
Passengers have been reminded of this in 2018 because the aviation business’s main commerce associations representing journey retailers, airways and airports, joined forces in a Authorities-backed public consciousness marketing campaign entitled ‘One Too Many’.
The marketing campaign first launched in July for a ten-week run with ten pilot airports on board together with Manchester, Gatwick and Glasgow.
Richard Stephenson, director on the UK Civil Aviation Authority, mentioned: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been working with the business to decrease the variety of disruptive passenger incidents in airports and on flights.
“We welcome all efforts to scale back these incidents and encourage the business to proceed to work collectively to deal with this challenge.
“Each passenger expects their flight to be satisfying and trouble-free. Disruptive behaviour is completely unacceptable and may result in prosecution, a wonderful, or a jail sentence of as much as 5 years.
“The Civil Aviation Authority calls on everybody to respect their fellow travellers and behave responsibly always.”