An article recently uncovered additional consequences of deporting refugees on commercial flights.
Demonstrators are now attempting to use such tactics as refusing to sit down in the aircraft
in protest to people being returned to their home country.
Whether the deportation is justified or not - I do not wish to make any statements on that. However, as airline crew, we can expect passengers not to make our lives difficult or miserable by disturbing peace on board.
These demonstrators are called "unruly passengers", and I couldn't agree more. IMO, standing up (aptly phrased...) for your opinion is one thing, but giving innocent bystanders a hard time by doing so, is something else.
Referring to the airlines, an activist is quoted, saying "Because of their profile...they are vulnerable to this kind of direct action and we'll try anything that works."
"Peaceful action"? I think not.
Not unlike IATA, I agree with the airline spokesman who said "(The activists) at least inconvenience and at worst possibly endanger the passengers and crew of aircraft."
The full article can be found on http://news6.thdo.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_869000/869386.stm
I would like to hear your opinions on this matter. Particularly (but not exclusively) from colleagues.