The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on more countries to sign up to the ICAO Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14) to deal with unruly passengers on flights.
According to IATA statistics, in 2017 a disruptive incident happened once every 1,053 flights. In 2016 it was once every 1,424 flights.
Committing an offense on board doesn’t automatically mean an individual is prosecuted, as under international law it is the authorities in the state where the aircraft is registered that have jurisdiction over offenses committed onboard.
Ratification of MP14 enables Turkey to play an active role in dealing with an increasingly important threat to passenger wellbeing and safety
IATA has said it wants to see this issue changed through widespread adoption of MP14.
MP14 gives the state of scheduled landing the necessary jurisdiction to deal with unruly passengers, and also covers third-party countries in case a flight is re-routed.
It will only come into force once 22 states have endorsed the procedure. At present, 21 states have ratified MP14, with Kazakhstan, Paraguay and Turkey the latest to commit.
“As the 7th largest international market, Turkey’s ratification of MP14 is very welcome, as it gives legitimacy to the protocol and it will enable Turkey to play an active role in dealing with an increasingly important threat to passenger wellbeing and safety,” said Funda Calisir, IATA Area Manager for Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Central Asia.
IATA also called on European governments to develop prevention tools such as industry campaigns like “One Too Many”, which urges passengers to drink responsibly when travelling on flights.