Is Air Rage a Security Concern?

Is Air Rage a Security Concern?

I don’t know about you, but air travel can bring out the worst in me. There’s just something about being crammed into a vacuum-sealed tube with 100 other people that makes me frustrated and anxious.

A recent study lead by an organizational behavior professor found that passengers on board an airplane are stressed and that stress could lead to abnormal events that wouldn’t normally happen if they hadn’t been stressed from their flight – or otherwise referred to as “air rage.”

The study suggests that those who sit in the economy or business class sections of the plane are three-times more stressed or susceptible to air rage because they have to pass through the first class section to get to their seats. Because of this blatant view of inequality between passengers, the stress levels rise.

How does this relate to security though? Well, just a few months ago, an altercation happened aboard a plane. During a flight to LAX, cellphone footage caught a few female passengers engaging in physical violence over loud music being played from a boom box during a flight. The women involved were throwing punches and pulling hair as on-lookers recorded from their devices.

If frustrated passengers are more susceptible to this “air rage” what is going to happen when something bigger than the aforementioned fight happens? It isn’t like there is anywhere for people to go. They are stuck 30,000 feet in the air for a specified duration of time.

What makes this diagnosis of “air rage” even scarier is the reports of airport security failing to scan passengers and taking all forbidden items away before they board the plane.

The scenario that follows can be left to your imagination but in my head, it’s not good.

What are your thoughts on “air rage” and how airports could ease the stress of passengers? Do you believe that unruly travelers could pose a security threat to a plane mid-flight?  

Posted by Sydny Shepard on May 10, 2016

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