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UK regulator calls for tougher action against disruptive passengers
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UK regulator calls for tougher action against disruptive passengers

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has called for more prosecutions to deter drunken and violent airline passengers.

The CAA said Aug. 16 it had already received more than 200 incident reports about disruptive passengers from UK airlines in 2018—even before the main summer holiday season had begun.

Numbers of incidents have climbed rapidly in recent years. In 2013, there were 98 such incidents. That figure almost doubled to 195 incidents over the next two years, then doubled again, to 415, in 2016.

The figure was almost static, at 417, in 2017, and had reached 202 by July 16 this year.

The CAA said many inflight incidents involve violent and intimidating behavior.

As a result, the regulator has called on airlines and enforcement agencies to make better use of laws already in place to crack down on the problem…

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