The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association that helps establish standards and policies for most major airlines. Here's their definition of an "unruly or disruptive passenger":
1.This person is definitely failing to "respect the rules of conduct":
2.Looks a lot like "disturbing good order" to me:
3.My safety would certainly feel compromised in this situation:
4.I'm no lawyer, but acts like these "may or do jeopardize the
safety of the aircraft," in my opinion:
5.And harm "persons or property therein."
6.Not sure if this counts as "intimidation or threat, whether physical or verbal," but it certainly feels aggressive:
7.This must "interfere with the performance of the duties of the crew members," right?
8.And it absolutely " lessens the ability of the
crew members to perform those duties."
9.At the very least, we can make a case for this "intentionally causing damage to, or destruction of, property."
10.Or maybe as a "physical confrontation with crew members or other passengers."
11.At the very least, this could be considered "other type of riotous behavior."
12.What are the consequences of this behavior? Well, "trauma to passengers and crew" sounds about right.
13.And "trauma resulting in crew member illness or
absenteeism" because who'd want to sit next to this for an entire flight:
14.This could certainly cause "diversions and delays."
15.And "negative publicity."
16.But aside from the IATA regulations, there's more at stake here: basic human decency.
17.Call me old-fashioned, but I think we should all be able to get through a flight without having to touch a stranger's bare feet.
18.Or smell them.
19.Or even just look at them, really.
20.We don't need the Tokyo Convention of 1963 to help prevent something like this from happening:
21.Or the Montreal Protocol of 2014 to ensure our comfort and safety aboard a commercial flight...
22.We just need to remind ourselves to be aware of our surroundings...
23.And to be considerate of other people... to really respect one another's space...
24.You know what? Forget it. I'm getting the air marshal.
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