38% of flight attendants said in a new survey that they were physically abused by a passenger taking medication during the past year

flight attendant

  • Flight attendants reported a significant amount of
    verbal and physical misconduct during the prior year from
    passengers who had taken medication in a new study from Direct Line
    Insurance Group.
  • 38% of respondents said they had been physically abused
    by a passenger who had taken medication, while 46% said they had
    received a verbal insult from a medicated passenger.
  • 7% of respondents said they had been sexually harassed
    by a medicated passenger.
  • Respondents reported similar levels of misconduct from
    drunk passengers during the prior year.
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Flight attendants reported a significant amount of verbal and
physical misconduct from passengers who had taken medication in a
new study from Direct Line Insurance Group.

The company surveyed 100 flight attendants in March about their
experiences during the prior year. (The study does not specify
which airlines the respondents work for.) 38% of respondents said
they had been physically abused by a passenger who had taken
medication, while 46% said they had received a verbal insult from a
medicated passenger. 7% of respondents said they had been sexually
harassed by a medicated passenger.

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68% of respondents said they have seen an increased amount of
self-medication from passengers during the prior year, with 33%
describing a significant increase. The study lists prescription
painkillers as an example of the kind of medication passengers
responsible for inappropriate behavior may have taken, but does not
specify other medications that may have been used.

Respondents reported similar levels of misconduct from drunk
passengers during the prior year. 28% reported physical abuse from
intoxicated passengers, while 46% reported verbal abuse and 8%
reported s****l harassment. 54% of respondents said they had seen
more passengers under the influence of alcohol they didn’t buy on
their flight, with 28% describing a significant increase.

It is shocking to see the scale of abuse
flight attendants are forced to endure as they are trapped onboard
with self-medicated and drunken passengers behaving erratically and
inappropriately,” Tom Bishop, the head of travel insurance at
Direct Line, said in a statement.

Are you a flight attendant? Do you have a story to share?
Contact this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com.

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38% of flight attendants said in a new survey that they were physically abused by a passenger taking medication during the past year