The General Director of “Aeroflot” Vitaly Savelyev sent a letter to the administration of the President with a request to increase the responsibility for passengers arranging a brawl on Board. This Savelyev said on Friday, June 17, at the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF).
According to him, the letter listed several measures. The first is the introduction of criminal responsibility for causing bodily harm flight attendants and other passengers, as well as the sharp increase in fines for insulting the staff and passengers. The second opportunity for flight attendants to bind the brawlers with plastic handcuffs or special belts. Third — the introduction of a black list of passengers staged a riot on Board.
According to Savelyev, now the possibility of the airline staff to influence the restless passengers is limited, the flight attendants can associate them only with blankets. He recalled that in the United States for bodily injury to the flight attendant give 20 years in prison, in Europe four years, and in Russia there is only a fine of 500 rubles to 5 thousand rubles.
Commenting on the idea of black lists, the head of “Aeroflot” said that Chinese airlines taught stewardesses Taekwondo, but it didn’t help and had to ban the brawlers flying for several years. Saveliev said that Aeroflot already have a list of 3 thousand passengers who violated rules of conduct on Board. However, while the airline has no right to deny them the ticket.
Accidents involving passengers on the aircraft of Russian airlines happen regularly.
In 2013, the businessman from Saratov Sergey Kabalov arranged brawl aboard the plane from Moscow to Hurghada. The man broke the nose of one of the passengers, the flight attendant caused a traumatic brain injury and demanded that the pilots land the plane wherever he wants, otherwise threatened to kill. The court sentenced Kabalova to 3.5 years of imprisonment and compensation for moral and material damage to the flight attendant in the amount of 500 thousand rubles.
In 2014, Aeroflot won the Vladimir Rakhimov, staged a brawl on Board the aircraft. Rakhimov staged a riot on Board of the Spanish Tenerife to Moscow. First, the passenger had a fight with his wife and scuffled with other passengers who tried to calm him down. The crew decided that the incident could threaten the safety of the flight, and returned to Spain. The company ultimately suffered losses and decided to go to court, which ordered Rakhimov to pay Aeroflot a record fine of 1 million rubles.
In an interview with NTV Savelyev reported that recently, one of the passengers tried to open the door during flight to Ulan-Ude.
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