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Solution For Air Rage

Thu Jan 11, 2001 3:03 pm

It is no secret that air rage has become a global problem during flight as well as at the airport. In most cases, it is caused by idiots who can not hold their alcohol. Most of them are already loaded when they board the aircraft from drinks they had at an airport bar. So here's what I propose:

Try to get legislation passed where it would be illegal to sell alcohol on airport premises. Bartenders at those airport bars can be so irresponsible about what and how much they serve, since they live largely off of tips. With increasing delays all across the air traffic system, passengers have more time to get drunk. A ban on alcohol sales at the airport would greatly diminish threatening behavior at the airport. Then, when they are onboard, their alcohol consumption would be monitored and/or limited by the inflight crew. I strongly believe this would cut down air rage incidents signifcantly.

What do you think?
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RE: Solution For Air Rage

Thu Jan 11, 2001 3:16 pm

Hi last week I wrote a letter to the FAA pleading them to stop letting the US airlines serve alcohol on flights. I said that It will help stop Air Rage, I hope it works
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RE: Solution For Air Rage

Thu Jan 11, 2001 6:40 pm

While both of you have a point; especially in Sushka's case, I'd say it would be too bad for people who like to enjoy their glass of wine, one innocent beer, or a taste of liquor at 37.000 ft.
While alcohol is certainly related to the air rage issue, IMHO it's like life on solid ground: it's not the fact that you drink alcohol, it's about how you do it. Basically, it's about knowing one's personal limits. One pax could drink four bottles of wine and leave the aircraft in the exact same state he boarded (and I'm not implying he was drunk when he first got on the plane, if you catch my drift), while another pax could be losing it after two drinks.

I'm not a huge fan of consuming alcohol on board, myself, although I can certainly understand people enjoying an occasional drop of "spirit" up there. And let's face it; it does add that extra touch to the whole experience, doesn't it? I sincerely wonder if it wouldn't be a shame to take that away from all those innocent people for the sake of those who have a personality problem.

Do note I deeply appreciate your concern, however!

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RE: Solution For Air Rage

Thu Jan 11, 2001 6:50 pm

I have had to deal with a few medevac flights, living out in the Boonies and all. If you watch any of those "Life in the E.R." type shows, you probably have seen where there was somebody who came in who came to and starting resisting/fighting the doctors and the nurses at the hospital. This occasionally happens on airplanes too.

The reason I bring this up is that there is more then one story out there about a "passenger" on one of these flights who came too and started to go nuts on the flight team. Usually it centers around a drunk or O.D. or somebody else who is or was generally obnoxious. Anyway the basic version of the story is that the got obnoxious and rowdy.The Med team gets him back under control ands put them back under. By the time the arrived at the destination they had put, "A Tube in every Oriface of His/Her body".
Usually in most versions of this story the passenger comes to again and says he needs to use the bathroom to the nurse, who usually is a 6 foot blonde type. She replies something to the effect of, "Don't worry dear, We took care of that for you."

There are versions of this story for people being transported on Boats, Trains, Planes, Ambulances, I wouldn't doubt there is a version out there for somebody being moved by Camel. I am just sharing these stories on how one segment, by rumor, deals with air rage.
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RE: Solution For Air Rage

Thu Jan 11, 2001 7:38 pm

How about this (it just came to me now, actually):

You know how police use breathalysers to test drivers to see if they have been drinking? Well, lets have someone with those at the gate as you board, when you give your boarding pass, you would have to breath into the device, and if you failed, you would be denied boarding. You would be warned about this when you purchase a ticket, and told what the limit is. Airlines would deem what this limit is, presumable, it would be higher then what the police use, but such that it would pick up people who had really tanked up. You would probably need several people at the gate to do the testing, so as not to hold things up. They would be employed by the airport or the airline, and have the same powers as security staff. If you fail the test, you would be told you could not board the aircraft. If you try to, you would be detained. I see several advantages of this:
* Airlines would be able to prevent drunks getting on board and causing havoc, that could lead to costly diversions.
* Cabin crew would know how much someone has had to drink, and thus when they have had enough.
* It would be a serious deterent to drinking then flying (much like with drinking and driving)
Thats my thought on the matter. It would make flying a happier experience, and allow the innocent people to still enjoy a quiet drink at 39 thousand...
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