Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Airlines Charge for Alcohol, Air Rage Incidents Drop

A move by many of the major airlines to stop serving free alcohol on flights looks like it is having a two-fold effect: saving the beleaguered air carriers money and cutting down on the incidents of air rage.

The Association of Flight Attendants has been pushing hard for tighter rules on rowdy and dangerous passengers after an increase of air rage incidents since 2000. Now airlines like United, Northwest, Delta, US Airways, and JetBlue are carrying less alcohol onboard and charging between $3 for $5 for drinks that used to be free.

Perhaps no surprise here, but The FAA has seen the number of reported air rage incidents fall from 303 in 2004 down to 167 last year.

However, you still need a plan to protect yourself from air rage.


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