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Rising unruliness on board, new regulations possible...

Published on 06/01/2014 08:30 - By

According to a study by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), cases of onboard unruliness multiplied by 12 between 2007 and 2011. Cigarettes lit-up in the toilets, insults against crew members, physical assaults or attempted intrusions into the cockpit; today more than 6,000 in-flight incidents are reported each year, but apparently that number’s still a long way off the mark.

Chris Goater, Manager, IATA Corporate Communications: watch the interview in the video.

Faced with the phenomenon, today’s international regulations seem outdated. The Tokyo Convention, which provides for punitive measures in cases of acts of violence onboard an aircraft, was established in 1969, but since then the aviation industry has evolved - especially regarding aircraft registration.

Chris Goater, Manager, IATA Corporate Communications: watch the interview in the video.

So that offenses do not go unpunished, a major conference on the subject is to be held next March. The members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are expected to make changes to the famous Tokyo Convention, changes, however, that will probably not be put into practice for several years to come.

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