26 September 2023

Aircraft passengers warned to avoid ‘air rage’

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning airline passengers that offensive, violent and disruptive behaviour, including incidents of ‘air-rage’, will not be tolerated in the air or on the ground.

The passenger behaviour warning came as AFP officers increased patrols across Australian airports during the school holiday travel period.

AFP Commander Peter Bodel said that in the past seven months, the AFP had responded to 748 incidents related to public disturbances, intoxication and offensive behaviour at airports.

In addition, Commander Bodel said AFP officers reported 746 incidents related to passengers carrying prohibited items, including credit card knives and ammunition rounds.

He said the AFP was committed to supporting the airport staff and ensuring all travellers experienced a safe journey.

“Airport staff are trained to streamline security processes and make sure everyone has a safe flight,” Commander Bodel said.

“It is disappointing when a small number of passengers show violent or abusive behaviour towards people who are trying to do their jobs, so we are urging passengers to do the right thing.”

He acknowledged the critical role the public played in working with police to keep the community safe, including in the aviation environment.

“We encourage passengers and airport staff to revisit Airport Watch and know the signs when something is not right,” Commander Bodel said.

“We are calling on the travelling public to keep their eyes and ears open as they embark on their travels not only these school holidays, but anytime they are heading to the airport.”

AFP’s Airport Watch website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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