‘You Heard Me, N***** Boy.’ Flight Attendants Testify About The Rise In Air Rage—And What Should Be Done About It

At last week’s congressional subcommittee hearing about the escalation of air rage in the United States, flight attendants and other industry representatives painted a stark picture of how unfriendly the skies have become during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Frontline aviation workers have to deal with everything from vulgar language, including racial epithets, to punching, kicking, biting, shoving and spitting from passengers,” Rick Larsen, Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation, said in his opening remarks at the hearing titled  “Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and Airports.”

Unruly passenger behavior is not a new phenomenon, but it has spiked over

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