Air Rage: Overview

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From the highways to the airways there is an increasing perception that we are losing control of our emotions more often and with more severe consequences than ever. Air rage, as such loss of control is referred to while airborne, can range from a particularly obnoxious, yet harmless passenger to one who has lost all sense of control and resorts to violence to make his or her point. With the ever increasing number of airline passengers has come inevitable flight delays, long lines at ticket counters and aircraft lavatories, and an overall decreased level of service as the industry strives to keep costs down. Combine this stressful environment with the classic "Type A" personality on two or three bourbon and waters and you find the volatile mixture that can lead to air rage disaster.

While most incidents result in nothing more than a shouting match between an airline employee and a passenger, some can have catastrophic consequences. For example, on December 29, 2000 a crazed passenger burst into the cabin of British Airways flight 2069 on its way from London to Kenya. The man attacked the pilot and wrestled away control of the plane, sending the 747 into a terrifying plunge of several thousand feet. Crewmembers and passengers eventually subdued the man allowing the pilot to regain control of the aircraft just seconds before crashing into the African countryside. While this incident may be more indicative of an act of terrorism, it illustrates just how vulnerable air travelers are to unarmed, yet determined passengers. Unfortunately, with the dynamics and demographics involved with modern air travel, we are likely to see even more of these incidents in the coming years.

See Also

  1. Airlines
  2. Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks: Overview
  3. Broken Bones: Overview
  4. Burns: Overview
  5. Dislocation: Overview
  6. Head & Brain Injury
  7. Joints & Muscles: Overview
  8. Loss of Limb
  9. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Overview
  10. Scars: Overview
  11. Spinal Cord Injury
  12. Wounds: Overview
  13. Air Rage, Frequently Asked Questions
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