NC in the top 3 for “air rage” incidents, according to officials; most face mask issues on airplanes
RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – We all know that when you are on an airplane you cannot smoke or use your cell phone and you must wear a seat belt. We also know that these days you have to wear a face mask.
So why do incidents of passengers refusing to wear masks continue to occur when they already know what they signed up for?
âWe’re going to be asking probing questions to see if there’s anything we can do to fix it before we need to take another action, like getting off the plane. There is no arguing with that. We just follow the manual, use our best judgment and involve the entire crew, âsaid Hawker Vanguard, Charlotte-based aviation correspondent and flight crew member.
Association of Flight Attendants International President Sara Nelson testified before the US Aviation Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee in a hearing titled “Disturbance in the Skies: Rising Rabies and its effects on workers, airlines and airports â.
She listed three states as the main offenders, including North Carolina.
âWe’ve had a lot of incidents in Charlotte, we’ve had a lot of incidents at airports in Florida and Texas. And I’m not saying there haven’t been other incidents in other places overall, but there seems to be a higher concentration, âNelson said.
So far there have been 4,385 reports of incidents involving unruly passengers. This is twice as much as last year.
The FAA says 3,199 of the reports are related to the masks. Flight crews were injured and verbally harassed, as North Carolina-based flight attendant Teddy Andrews also testified.
âHe said ‘N word, I don’t have to listen to a fucking thing you say it’s a free country,â Andrews said.
Vanguard said there’s a reason this type of behavior can cause you to lose a flight.
âIt tells the flight crew that they won’t be able to follow instructions when we’re in the air. So obviously there is no way to get someone off the plane once we are at 36,000 feet. This type of situation in such a confined space can become dangerous and just plain annoying for the passengers around them. “