Alcohol the biggest cause of unruly passenger behaviour, says aviation expert

Last week an airline passenger aboard Lufthansa LH-412 from Munich to Newark was deemed to be "abusive" and the flight crew made a request to land at Dublin airport to have the passenger "off-loaded".

The plane couldn't land in Dublin due to the extra weight it was carrying on board. It had to then go to Shannon Airport, also in Ireland.

The passenger was handed over to officials, and the flight continued to Newark, New Jersey.

But how much does it cost to an airline to get rid of a troublesome passenger?

Plane Talking MD Linden Birns breaks down some of the costs incurred when an incident like this occurs.

Read: Did the co-pilot deliberately crash the Germanwings plane?

Depending on the airline and the law, in some countries, the offending passenger is handed the bill which will include the extra fuel and the handling fees at the airport and this could run to tens of thousands of dollars.

Linden Birns, MD - Plane Talking

Roughly 1 in every 1050 flights have unruly passengers. Between 2007 and 2017 they were 66 000 reported incidents of unruly passengers.

Linden Birns, MD - Plane Talking

The biggest problem is alcohol because people forget that although you are in a pressurized cabin, you are going to suffer very mild hypoxia, a shortage of oxygen in the bloodstream.

Linden Birns, MD - Plane Talking

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Alcohol the biggest cause of unruly passenger behaviour, says aviation expert


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