Air rage

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Air rage is the general term for disruptive and/or violent behavior perpetrated by passengers and crew of aircraft, typically during flight. In the first book on the subject "Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies", air rage is defined as "aberrant, abnormal, or violent behavior exhibited during the air travel process".[1][2]


The first case of air rage was recorded in 1947 on a flight from Havana to Miami, when a drunk man assaulted another passenger and bit a flight attendant.[3] Another early documented case involved a flight in Alaska in 1950.[4]

At the time, applicable juridisction was unclear, so offenders often escaped punishment. It wasn't until the 1963 Tokyo Convention that laws of the country where the aircraft is registered were agreed to take precedence.[citation needed]

Air rage events have increased markedly since the September 11 attacks.[5] No definite explanation for that trend has been established: heightened anguish for one's safety, increased irritation with invasive security, or other unremarkable causations.[6]

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  1. ^ Thomas, Andrew R. Thomas (2001). Air Rage: Crisis in the Skies. Amherst, NY: Prometheus. 
  2. ^ "air rage - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online". Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Joyce A (2009). Anger in the Air: Combating the Air Rage Phenomenon. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. 
  4. ^ Rolfe, Peter (2000). "Air Rage: Disruptive Passengers. The Causes and Cures". Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Air rage attacks soar due to in-flight binge drinking and rows over smoking". Daily Mail. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  6. ^ Grinberg, Emanuella (2012-06-01). "Air rage: Passengers Quicker to Snap". CNN. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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