If anyone has ever traveled on an airplane, most know that the experience can be stressful. Whether it be getting passed security on time to board a flight, getting the middle seat, having a flight delayed, or missing the flight all together, the journey can be stressful. In some cases, passengers feel the pressure too much and the result is ‘air rage,’ unruly and disruptive behavior. Depending on the person, it can be induced my mental conditions, such as anxiety or fear of flying, or excessive alcohol consumption. Sometimes it just happens. The International Air Transport Association has determined four ranks that categorizes this behavior: minor, moderate, serious and flight deck breach.
It is an issue in the travel industry that has the attention of researchers, initiatives, and conferences. Since 2007, the IATA has collected data on air rage. Data from 2017 indicated that there is one incident for every 1,052 flights. According to data from 2016, the frequency of these incidences increased.