April 14, 2014

Stronger Laws for Unruly Air Passengers

Changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963 to give greater clarity to the definition of unruly behaviour have been agreed by around 100 governments at a diplomatic conference in Montreal. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to ratify the changes which include new provisions to deal with the recovery of significant costs arising from unruly behaviour.

The changes, which will come into force when 22 states ratify the protocol to the Tokyo Convention which provides the legal framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or disruptive behaviour leads to physical assault or poses a threat to the safety of a flight. 

IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, said, “This agreement is good news for everybody who flies, passengers and crew alike. The changes, along with the measures already being taken by airlines, will provide an effective deterrent for unacceptable behaviour on board aircraft. But governments must now follow-up on the success of the diplomatic conference and ratify the new protocol. With some 300 incidents of unruly behaviour being reported each week, we urge governments to move quickly,” 

He continued, “Unruly passengers are a very small minority. But unacceptable behaviour on board an aircraft can have serious consequences for the safety of all on board. The goal is to effectively deter such behaviour and ensure safe flights for all by making the consequences of such behaviour clear and enforceable.”

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