As violence against flight attendants and passengers increases some are suggesting arming flight attendants with tasers is an obvious solution. In fact, one union boss is recommending it.
During the darkest days of the pandemic air travel invented a new trope. The travel freakout became a seemingly pervasive event with attacks against flight crew and fellow passengers making headline after headline. While tensions have cooled a bit after the mask mandate expired in-flight violence continues to be a real threat.
From verbal assaults to outright violence, like the recent incident that saw a flight attendant get stabbed with a spoon, the risks against flight attendants and other travelers remain real.
One union boss thinks it’s time to restart the conversation about arming flight attendants with tasers. Sara Nelson, boss of the pervasive Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) which represents around 50,000 flight attendants suggested the idea during a recent CNN interview.
“There has been a lot of discussion about whether flight attendants should have tasers. I think we need to look at that discussion again, noted Nelson according to the Independent.
It would be preferable for airlines to actually really ban those causing the issues and suing for damages.