Australian Minister targets anti-social behaviour of holiday air travellers

Published on : Monday, December 23, 2013

holiday-air-travellersAustralian Minister for Justice Michael Keenan on Monday warned airline passengers that inappropriate and anti-social behaviour at airports and on commercial flights over the holiday period will not be tolerated.

False threats, assaulting an airline crew member, or endangering the safety of an aircraft all carry maximum penalties of 10 years jail, Keenan said in a press release.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) operates an Air Security Officer program, where members fly on selected domestic and international flights to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

“The AFP will not hesitate to take action against those who commit offenses at airports or in the air,” Keenan said. “Airport security and passenger safety are serious matters, and abusive and irresponsible behaviour poses a danger to passengers and crew alike.”

“People who harass airline staff and fellow passengers are committing an offense and face serious penalties of up to 10 years jail,” he said.

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