The New Rules Will Give Singapore Police Wider Power to Handle Critical Situations
Unruly passengers on flights to and from Singapore have become a growing problem for the countries airport authorities and local airlines. Until now there has not been tight regulations and law enforcement often weren’t able to do much with unruly passengers apart from short check-ups. This is because the current law states that corrective action can only be taken if the culprit arrives on a Singapore Airlines flight or any other Singapore aircraft carrier registered in the island state.
This is going to change over the next six to 12 month as new local laws are passed that will give the police and courts way more power to handle the problem with unruly travelers. While Singapore is trying to make changes on their own, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is also changing the rules slowly but gradually so corrective action can be taken, this might take another 2-3 years before coming into effect.
While this may not seem like a big problem for some countries and airliens, reports have shown that In 2014, airlines had 9,316 incidents of disorderly behavior, or one for every 1,400 flights. From 2007 to 2014, the average was one per 1,530 flights.
In a survey by IATA, four out of 10 airlines said they have had to at least divert a flight in the last 12 months because of this issue.
ICAO recommends that other countries follow Singapore’s lead and make their own laws as well. Flight & cabin crews can also be better trained to handle these types of passengers and situations in professional manner.
Another effective way to combat unruly passengers while flying is to stop faulbehavior before the person gets even on the plane. Many times rowdy behavior is seen at the check – in or while going through security clearance. So security and airport staff on the ground should try to defuse any situation or possible situation early enough.
What matters most is the safety of all passengers, so these new laws will help make sure that safety remains the top priority for passengers traveling in and out from Singapore and also proper action can be taken against those who put everyone’s well-being at risk.
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