lørdag 17. august 2019

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Icelander Overpowered On Board Aircraft

An Icelandic man in his sixties was arrested this morning after attempting to force his way into the cockpit of an aircraft on its way from Hungary to Iceland, mbl.is reports. The aircraft, from Wizz Air, had to make an emergency landing at Sola Airport in Stavanger, Norway. The man is believed to have been intoxicated.

After passengers succeeded in overpowering the man, the plane landed shortly after 10 am, local time. There were 200 passengers on board, according to abcnyheter.

The aircraft landed in Stavanger, Norway.

"The aircraft has landed. We have picked up a male passenger in this 60s. No one was injured. We are working on finding out what has taken place," a Twitter statement from Norwegian police reads.

"We did not regard the message as very serious," stated Victoria Hillveg, who directed the operation for Stavanger Police. "The word hijacking was not used. Our understanding is that this was and individual under the influence, who attempted to enter the cockpit, and that he was quickly taken care of."

At a press conference, the police reported the man had stated he took drugs and does not remember the incident. He will be examined by a doctor, after which a decision will be made on how to proceed.

Shortly after the man was arrested, the plane took off again, headed for Iceland, at 10:52. It is now en route to Iceland.


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Obnoxious Behavior On Airplanes Has Serious Legal Consequences

Stephen Rice Contributor
I teach and conduct research in Aviation Human Factors at ERAU.

Imagine the following scenario. You are on a commercial airplane flight. You are acting like a four year old who didn't get the present you demanded for Christmas. Someone is videotaping you. In situations like this, I would imagine that most people would immediately calm down and pray that the video does not go viral. And then there are the people who ignore that little bit of common sense and continue to behave obnoxiously. Some even escalate things when they realize they are being videotaped.

This fellow thought it would be a good idea to try to force open the airplane door. The Jet2 airlines came after him with a $106,000 bill to cover the diversion and military escort to safety. In South Korea, Kyong Chol Kim got himself six months in prison along with a $172,000 fine after getting drunk and lunging at a flight attendant. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration has fined 76 passengers over the past five years, totaling about $324,589. About a quarter of these cases appear to be linked to drugs or alcohol, or both, although the AITA contends that this is a low number.

Then there are the cases where people are just generally being annoying, and failing to stop even after someone, or several people, start videotaping them. These drunk women got themselves kicked off a Ryanair flight to Spain. They left the plane to cheers from the remaining passengers. It appears that half of the cabin were videotaping them on the way out the door.

Despite being videotaped, many of these passengers actually get into physical altercations, punching and spitting on other passengers, and screaming at the people who are videotaping them. This lady appeared to react badly to long delay; behaving like an unmanageable 6-year-old will rarely get you what you want. They let her stay on after she promised to quiet down. Kudos to the incredibly patient flight attendant. But sometimes even the flight attendants lose their cool. It's an insanely high stress job in a cramped and unpleasant environment.

In some cases, the flight crew will call the police and have someone arrested. This guy got himself handcuffed and removed for being unruly. This lady continued her abuse even after the police showed up. Her cursory, and incorrect, understanding of the law did not help her case. She resisted arrest and wound up being forced off the airplane. This all happened while someone was clearly videotaping her only a few feet away. This man was forcibly restrained by fellow passengers and then removed and arrested by the Melbourne, Australia police. When the crowd is against you, then it is a bad sign for the unruly passenger.

This type of behavior seems bizarre to the vast majority of people who fly every year. Besides being publicly humiliated within minutes on social media, one would think they would want to avoid being arrested for disturbing an airline flight. Then there is the possibility of losing their job, being blacklisted by the airline, or even worse put on a no-fly list. These are all excellent reasons to stop, count to ten (or 1000), and quietly sit back in their seat for the remainder of the flight. They will have plenty of time to vent to their friends and therapist once they get home. But this type of behavior continues to happen more often than you would think.

As a researcher of public opinions, I was curious as to what the American public thought were the most common reasons for a flight meltdown. I also asked them which reasons they thought were legitimate to get upset while aboard an aircraft. About 55% of the 1100 online respondents were male, and about 76% were Caucasian. The rest were a mix of African-American (7.7%), Asian (7.7%), Hispanic (4.7%), and Other (4.1%). The average age was 40 years old, with a range of 18 to 72 years old.

When I asked about the most common triggers of bad behavior, the answers included drunkenness (this one was mentioned the most by far), long delays, lost luggage, loud kids, fear and anxiety, not enough room, rude passengers, rude staff, turbulence, unsuitable food, stress and physical discomfort. Clearly, these respondents are not particularly happy with the state of commercial flight these days. Some of the least common triggers reported were lack of food, air sickness, airplane malfunction, broken seats, mental illness, noise levels, and length of flight.

About 67% of participants indicated that there was never a good time to behave badly on commercial airline flights. While it might be a relief to see that two thirds of Americans feel this way, it is a bit surprising to see that almost one third feel that there are legitimate reasons to be obnoxious while flying. Some of the most common reasons cited were to prevent a crime, to fight back against an attack, or to stop someone from harming themselves, others or animals. These reasons can all be considered unselfish on the part of the passenger who is acting out.

On the other hand, some selfish reasons were also justified by the respondents. These include having their seat being given away to another passenger, being asked to leave the plane due to overbooking, or if the people next to them are unpleasant to be around (e.g. bad smell, crying babies, etc.). While we can fully understand frustration on the part of anyone who is subjected to these types of situations, society in general, and the law specifically, does not condone acting out publicly in these situations.

We may never know why a particular person has an airplane meltdown. We have no idea what their lives have been like up to that point. While we may learn what the immediate trigger was, we cannot possibly know how many straws they already had on their backs prior to this incident. However, most Americans agree that this cannot excuse obnoxious behavior on commercial flights. 

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