Almost four in ten airmen are physically abused by drunk or debilitated passengers, reveals shocking statistics
- Two-thirds of crew say they have seen an increase in drinking and self-medication
- Half said they were verbally assaulted by drunks like those on drugs on a plane
- Meanwhile, one in 12 is sexually assaulted by drunk on a plane
About four in ten airmen were physically abused by addicted passengers last year, revealing shocking new statistics.
Almost half have been verbally abused by travelers who are drunk or under the influence of medication such as prescribed painkillers, a study has shown.
And one in 12 says they were sexually assaulted by drones on a plane, the figures show, too.
Shocking new statistics have revealed that four in ten flight attendants were physically abused by weakened or drunk passengers last year (stock photo)
The investigation, by Direct Line Travel Insurance, said some fliers even took drugs on board or drank so much that they would not be able to get off the plane without assistance in an emergency.
In the past year, airlines said that an estimated five percent of & # 39; s passengers would be too drunk or too pressurized to leave the aircraft without support in case of an emergency.
More than two-thirds of cabin crew (68 percent) say they witnessed an increase in drinking and self-medication, leading to 38 percent physically abused and seven percent sexually abused, while 46 percent verbally abused, in the past year.
Direct line surveyed 100 airlines and more than 2,000 passengers to find the problem is common now, even though passengers could face fines of up to £ 5,000 and two years in prison for drunken or disruptive behavior.
There is a growing concern about holidaymakers and other fliers drinking around the clock, thanks to the 24-hour availability of alcohol in airports.
And taking both legal and illegal drugs before getting on an aircraft or during a flight becomes a problem for personnel who do not have to deal with unruly passengers.
Many of those who take prescription and other medications claim it helps to calm nerves when they have a fear of flying – 24 percent of those who do not take medication, take anti-depressants or pills anxiety like Prozac, while 21 per cent takes sleeping tablets.
Muscle relaxants and illicit drugs are other popular ways to calm those fears, the survey said, while one in four just stick to drinking.
However, many seem to mix drugs and alcohol, according to Direct Line chief of travel insurance, Tom Bishop.
One in 12 cabin crew say they were sexually assaulted by a drunk on a plane, the figures also show (stock image)
He said, & # 39; It's shocking to look at & # 39; an extent of abuse that flight attendants are forced to endure, in order to sit on board with self-medicated and intoxicated passengers conduct disorderly and unsuitable.
& # 39; Passengers may not know how to & # 39; air will respond, due to a combination of & # 39; effects of medication, alcohol, and changes in & # 39; e air pressure.
& # 39; While everyone wants a comfortable trip, people should moderate their drinking as they fly to make sure they are always in control and take only prescribed medication in & # 39; a proper dosage.
& # 39; Those nervous or afraid of flying should explore alternative options to calm themselves or seek medical advice from their GP. & # 39;
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