|My son, Antonio will be flying on Christmas.|
I write this still in a state of flummox having read about a flight attendant who used the F-word and by that I don't mean Fa-la-la-la-la, on a passenger who complained about overpriced cheese and crackers on a Ryanair flight to Pisa. Look, I know it can't be fun working for the carrier everybody loves to hate. With a publicity-seeking yahoo for a boss and a corporate philosophy that seems to be "let's take the passengers for everything they're worth, while they're too busy wondering what happened to that fifty-pence air ticket they thought they bought".
Still, though not unprecedented, screaming obscenities at passengers is simply not done. Just when I thought that story couldn't be beat I read about the Indonesian public official, who was unable to purchase a ticket on a sold out flight on Merpati Airlines, so he had his minions drive their cars onto the runway, blocking the airplane and preventing the flight from taking off.
Oh, these episodes are appropriate preamble to the announcement by the International Civil Aviation Organization that next year it will update the laws on how airlines handle unruly passengers. Is it notable to anybody other than me that personal behavior on public transportation has now reached a level that the United Nations must weigh in?
In his story in the Los Angeles Times, Hugo Martin reports that instances of unruly passengers jumped from 500 in 2007 to 6,000 in 2011. And that's just the passengers. Snippy, unhappy or expletive-spewing flight attendants aren't included in that tally.
I'm all for airlines having a plan for what to do when someone misplaces their manners at thirty thousand feet, but the mommy in me thinks when the solution takes international organizations and bureaucratic policy makers, it is already too late.
|Capt. Fili Tepeci of Turkish is all smiles greeting passengers|