NM State Senator Seeks Law Against Drunk Airline Passengers

New Mexico state Senator Tom Udall has proposed legislation that he hopes will reduce incidents of intoxication on airplanes and cases of air rage. He hopes to be able to curtail such activities by training flight attendants and gate agents in the identification of drunks and belligerent passengers. Currently airlines are not required to provide such training.

Udall’s efforts stem from a case of driving while intoxicated in New Mexico. A drunk airline passenger by the name of Dana Pabst disembarked from a flight and proceeded to drive from the airport, leading to an accident that killed a traveling family.

According to Udall there are 10,000 cases of air rage, a figure that is 400% higher than incidents in 2000. His legislation has been approved by the Commerce Committee.

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