'Whether you like it or not, you have very few rights at 30,000 in a plane...and there's a simple reason for that...'
When flyers step in to that metal tube called a plane, they do so for one reason:
To fly to their chosen destination. To fly to their chosen destination they also have to pay for the service.
What they do not pay for is the 'right' to do whatever pleases them. It seems that quite a few people have forgotten these rules.
Case in point:
Last Wednesday an American Airlines flight attendant was punched in the face by a passenger when she accidently bumped in to the passenger's seat...suffering a broken nose:
Some witnesses on the plane alleged that the incident began when the passenger became upset over having to wear a face covering. However, American Airlines said they have “no information suggesting the incident was mask compliance related.”
“After a flight attendant who was working in a different cabin bumped this passenger, we’re told, she then walked into one of the flight galleys and this passenger approached her and punched her in the face at least twice. That’s what we know right now and she sustained broken bones in her nose and her face,” [spokesperson for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants] Paul Hartshorn said.
The flight was flying from from New York City to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana (California) and had to divert to Denver to get the flight attendant treatment and have the man arrested.
American CEO Doug Parker released a video statement on Instagram addressing the incident saying "American Airlines will not tolerate airport or inflight misconduct of any kind." and "This type of behavior has to stop."
Parker also said "we’ve all seen reports of when that’s not the case and people show extreme disrespect, anger and impatience toward each other."
Whether we like it or not...the 'P' word has changed everything
Parker is right. Everyone is pissed off at each other...and everyone is mad because they are scared.
Much has been written about the rise in flight incidents since the Pandemic began:
FAA figures released Tuesday show more disruptions on commercial flights in the past week than any week in the past two and a half months.
The FAA says there were 128 new incidents reported by flight crews, bringing this year's total to 4,626 incidents. The new number is the highest weekly figure since the FAA started releasing weekly data on July 20.
I have no idea if this 'altercation' was brought on in any way by that.
It has been reported (and suggested) that the attacker might have been drinking.
Whatever it was, flyers have no right (literally and figuratively) to behave in this manner for ANY reason.
Do you like wearing masks on a plane?
No Sh$!. I don't like wearing masks either. But guess what?
It ain't your plane.
Behave...or don't fly. And by the way, if you look around you'll see you're not the only one climbing onboard.
Don't think we should have to wear masks on a flight?
Then go work to change it.
There has been a lot written on 'mask defiance' on airline flights since planes returned to the air. That's because, again, it's become a huge problem for the carriers....and the safety of other passengers.
Contrary to what some believe, you can't do whatever the hell you want when you're at 30,000 feet. You may think you have the same rights that you do on the ground, but you do not.
The reason? Gravity. There is little margin for error in a plane when said plane is battling this thing called gravity.
Were something to go horribly wrong on a flight?
Gravity wins. Period.
There are some that have difficulty grasping this concept.
Whether or not you like it, booze could very well be going bye-bye in the air
Now, several flight attendant groups and other organizations are now pushing for the permanent ban of alcohol onboard.
Don't think this couldn't happen. Incidents on planes involving alcohol have reached epidemic levels (yeah, I hate that word too) and air crews no longer feel safe.
Can you blame them?
The Feds rule the sky. You might not like it, but they do...so get over it
We all have our opinions about the last year and a half, and they are all different.
But one thing cannot be argued: The Feds rule the sky...as in legally.
Like it or not.
So when someone gets on a plane and refuses to wear their mask, thereby delaying other people's lives at best and putting their lives at risk at worst, it's no longer about your 'rights'.
Because you have little...in a plane...at 30,000 feet.
Rights matter and are everything...when you don't endanger others.
Again, I know very few people who actually LIKE wearing masks...as in zero. But the next time someone refuses to wear their mask, gets drunk and disorderly, or assaults another human or flight attendant...on a plane...
They are the bad guy.