DETROIT – Many flight crews across the country and in Detroit are being offered self defense classes to protect themselves and others on board flights from violent passengers.
Passengers have been lashing out over mask mandates and other new rules being enforced to protect people during the COVID pandemic.
There have been almost 3,000 mask-related incidents since the coronavirus pandemic started. Flight attendants have been battling with those who refuse to follow mask mandates.
A recent slew of delays and cancellations also has passengers on edge. When Spirit Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights earlier this month, tensions were high.
“As the number of passengers traveling has increased, so has the number of unruly and unsafe behavior incidents on planes and in airports. As a result of an uptick in unruly passengers, Federal Air Marshals with the Transportation Security Administration are now providing an increased number of self-defense training sessions to flight attendants,” the FAA Administrator said in a statement.
Starting in September, security training will be offered to flight crews at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.