Airline hooligans getting free ride

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  1. sobore
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    http://news.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view/2011_0512airline_hooligansgetting_free_ride/

    A dozen people charged with disrupting inbound flights to Boston — including threatening and assaulting airline staff — since 9/11 have faced virtually no punishment even as pilots and flight attendants demand tougher justice on out-of-control passengers who frighten fellow flyers and cost airlines thousands of dollars.

    A Herald review of court records on the mid-flight mischief has found the testy travelers — sometimes attributing the bad behavior to booze, medication and mental instability — have had cases dismissed with apologies or received probation but hardly ever jail time.
     
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    Is this leniency limited to Boston?
     
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    I don't think the threat of jail time would have much impact. Think about it, these guys are up there doing crazy stuff... I don't think they're rational enough to think "oh man, if I do this I might end up like that guy that went to jail 2 years ago" or something.

    No easy answer though... I'm sure the airlines care, but they don't care enough to do anything about it. When you look at percentages these incidents are an incredibly small part of overall operations, nobody has been seriously injured or killed, and other than diversions no flights have been affected.

    And airlines need people to fly, so being more selective as far as how they screen people before boarding or anything of the sort is just not going to happen. Plus just like I said in that other thread, it's not like they're going to stop selling alcohol onboard or at the terminal, that's just too lucrative a business to give up.

    Sadly it's probably one of those things where it's going to take something bad happening before someone will decide that they need to look into it further.
     
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    To start with......put them on the no fly list.....
     
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    Exactly. One in-flight incident and you can take the bus the rest of your life.
     
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    I like that idea. Air travel should be treated as more of a privilege when it comes to this type of behavior. Just because you don't mean to be disruptive (or drunk) doesn't mean you aren't. Abuse your privileges and lose them; our safety is at risk after all.
     
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    Agree.
    Trying to open the aircraft door may seem harmless to some since it will not open mid-flight, but the intent of serious disruption and safety is still there.
    I’m sure the ‘door opener’ would think nothing of strolling into the cockpit to spread their ill will.
     
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    Zero tolerance for that type of behaviour.
     
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    I would like to offer the hooligans a free extended hotel stay:

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    Lets only hope they accept!:confused:
     
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    Isn't this exclusive hotel scheduled to be closed?
     
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    :p Yep within 1 year of Obama taking office.
     
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    I heard there may be a new owner in about 2012 so it may just stay or reopen. :p
     
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    How about fellow passengers putting them back in their seat and securing them there until law enforcement can release them and take them off AFTER everyone else has deplaned.
     
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    I know it's physically impossible to open the door in flight, but I think we should help them open said door..... and shove them out! :)
     
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