More aggressive fliers registered over years in Latvia

Last year, 455 passengers were rejected from boarding a flight in Latvia due to aggressive behavior or excessive alcohol intoxication, according to a statement from Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) published February 7.

For comparison, in 2019 there were 373 passengers denied from boarding, even with a larger overall number of passengers served.

In January this year, 39 aggressive or overly intoxicated passengers were stopped on airport grounds, according to the CAA.

More and more passengers are becoming aggressive during the flight, for example, 50 persons were registered by airBaltic in January and 611 persons last year. For comparison, in 2019, 191 cases of aggressive behavior during a flight were registered.

The CAA reminds fliers that aggressive behavior, which most often comes with being under the influence of alcohol, is grounds for not letting passengers board a flight. In such cases, passengers are also not entitled to compensation for a missed flight.

In addition, an administrative penalty may also be imposed on the passenger. This year, they have been applied to seven persons for aggressive behavior on aircraft or in the territory of the airport, last year – 78 throughout the year. In 2021 the number was 76 and in 2020 it was 60.

Airlines also have the right to impose a temporary or lifetime restriction on the use of airline services by passengers who, through their actions, have posed a threat to the safety of aircraft flight.

Last year, airBaltic imposed this on seven passengers, and in 2022 – 15 passengers.

At the same time, passengers may be referred to law enforcement authorities for further procedural action upon arrival at the final destination. The CAA said that in practice there are cases where an aggressive passenger is also facing a prison sentence under the laws of the country of destination.

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