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October 23, 2009

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'Air rage' rises 30% on British aircraft

DISRUPTIVE behavior on British passenger aircraft rose 30 percent last year, with alcohol playing a significant part in what the media has dubbed "air rage."

Of nearly 3,500 significant incidents during the year until March, 44 were classified as serious, figures showed.

The most common age group involved was the 30-39 years bracket, and incidents spanned from violence to crew to smoking on board.

Of the 44 reports classed as serious, 29 involved passengers being restrained and 13 involved aircraft diversions.

"These incidents most commonly involved alcohol as a contributory factor, followed by conflict with other passengers and illness or suspected mental instability; there were a number of cases of threatening behavior and physical violence," the Department of Transport said.

Alcohol was involved in 37 percent of the incidents.

Men were involved in 73 percent of incidents, roughly unchanged from the previous year's data. Of the incidents, 53 percent involved those traveling in groups, 33 percent in a family, 13 percent alone and one deportee.


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