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IATA wants stronger action against unruly flight passengers

Published on Apr 12, 2014 5:06 AM

MONTREAL (AFP) - The International Air Transport Association urged governments Thursday to take stronger action against unruly passengers on commercial flights.

The International Civil Aviation Organization agreed at a diplomatic conference last week on changes to the Tokyo Convention of 1963, which provides the legal framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or otherwise disruptive behavior leads to violence or threatens flight safety.

Both groups cooperate closely and are based in Montreal. The IATA is a global airline alliance and the ICAO is an intergovernmental United Nations agency focused on aviation standards and practices used to develop legally-binding national civil aviation regulations.

"This agreement is good news for everybody who flies - passengers and crew alike," IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said in a statement.

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