AIR SCARES UP Number of passengers arrested for drunken mid-air antics DOUBLES in past year sparking call for creation of ‘high fines’ to punish boorish travellers
The number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour on flights or at UK airports increased by 50 per cent in the last year, new figures reveal.
There was a total of 387 arrests in the year to February 2017, up from 255 in the period from February 2015 to 2016
The figures were from responses from 18 out of 20 police forces with a major UK airport on their patch who were contacted by BBC Panorama.
Ally Murphy, a former Virgin Airlines cabin crew manager, told Panorama: “People just see us as barmaids in the sky.
“I was pulled into an upper-class bed by a passenger who was feeling particularly lucky I guess.
“They would touch your breasts, or they’d touch your bum or your legs, or I mean I’ve had hands going up my skirt before.
“It’s rage inducing, and you shouldn’t have to deal with that.
“I guess I never reported it to the police because sadly, and this is completely wrong and only really occurring to me now, you kind of just accept it as part of the job. And it shouldn’t be.”