Unruly Air Passengers on the Rise

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The number of passengers who violated rules of inflight conduct more than doubled in 2014 from a year earlier, mostly led by smoking in the cabin, industry data showed Sunday.

Korean Air Line Co., South Korea’s largest full-service carrier, last year reported 246 cases of unruly behavior, including smoking, air rage and sexual harassment, compared with 120 in 2013.

Smoking, punishable by fines up to 1 million won, soared to 190 cases last year from 90 a year earlier.

Among 490 passengers who violated aviation safety rules over the past three years, Korean Air handed over 155 to police, with 39 becoming subjects of legal punishment.

No. 2 Asiana Airlines Inc. reported 51 cases of unruly passenger problems from January to November, more than triple the figure recorded the previous year, with smoking accounting for the highest ratio of violations.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, the number of safety violations by air passengers rose to 187 in 2013, up from 140 in 2010. A total of 190 cases took place in the first seven months of last year.

Source: Busan eFM News


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