(CNN) — Following a collection of incidents aboard plane, together with an assault that left a flight attendant with facial accidents and two lacking enamel, the union representing Southwest Airways’ flight attendants is urging the corporate to take stronger steps to guard its members from an “epidemic of aggression and assault.”
“We’re asking our provider, the federal government and the flying public’s assist in ending this epidemic of aggression and assault. Flight attendants are first responders within the sky who’re centered on security. As individuals return to the skies, we’re asking for everybody’s assist in complying with flight attendant requests to assist guarantee a protected and enjoyable ambiance for all,” TWU Native 556 President Lyn Montgomery stated in a press release to CNN.
“This unprecedented variety of incidents has reached an insupportable degree, with passenger non-compliance occasions additionally turning into extra aggressive in nature,” she wrote.
Southwest Airways spokesman Chris Mainz stated the provider doesn’t “condone or tolerate verbal or bodily abuse of our flight crews.”
“The passenger repeatedly ignored normal inflight directions (tray desk in upright place, seat belt, and many others.) and have become verbally and bodily abusive upon touchdown,” Mainz advised CNN.
Paramedics took the flight attendant to a San Diego hospital for remedy, police stated.
CNN was unable to succeed in the passenger for remark and it’s not identified if she has an legal professional.
Montgomery cited Sunday’s altercation in her letter and stated the flight attendant had accidents to her face and misplaced two enamel.
Montgomery known as on Southwest Airways to verify the flying public is conscious that disruptive or violent conduct is punishable by way of native and federal legal guidelines and will lead to a ban on flying with the airline.
“Passengers who don’t adjust to laws and federal masks mandates trigger disruptions to our operations and to our clients’ journey plans, leading to gate returns, flight diversions and delays,” Montgomery stated. “Consistency is vital to this, as properly: No passenger ought to be faraway from one flight solely to be permitted to board the very subsequent Southwest Airways flight after a non-compliance incident.”
The letter additionally calls on Southwest Airways management to name on the US authorities to extend the variety of federal air marshals aboard plane.
“We perceive and share the Union’s considerations relating to passenger non-compliance and disruptive conduct,” Mainz stated. “We’re partnering with the (Federal Aviation Administration) to analyze incidents so they could take acceptable actions. We are going to proceed to work with each the FAA and the Union to protect and defend the security and well-being of our Flight Crews and Prospects.”