After six years of flying, U.S.-based flight attendant Allyah McIntyre was used to dealing with difficult passengers. During the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, dealing with the few passengers who chose to fly was actually a pleasant experience. But as more people began to book airline tickets again, chaos reigned, she said.
“The passengers got more and more unruly. There’s no such thing as travel etiquette,” McIntyre, who shares travel tips on TikTok, told MarketWatch. “I mean, it’s a free-for-all when you travel these days.” Earlier this week, an American Airlines passenger pleaded guilty to assault after attacking two flight attendants on a flight from Barbados to Miami. The passenger was also described in a court complaint as “belligerent and non-compliant.” He was arrested when the plane landed in Miami on March 8. In April, Alaska Airlines
said a flight from San Francisco to Chicago O’Hare was diverted to Kansas City due to a disruptive guest on board who allegedly made “threatening comments against the crew.” A flight attendant and two passengers allegedly had to restrain her with zip ties. She was charged with one count of interfering with flight crew members and attendants.
“‘The issues are endless.’”
— U.S.-based flight attendant Allyah McIntyre
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