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IATA wants crackdown on unruly flight passengers

Published on Apr 11, 2014 6:17 AM

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

The Montreal-based global airline alliance 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 behaviour leads to violence or threatens flight safety.

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

"The changes, along with the measures already being taken by airlines, will provide an effective deterrent for unacceptable behaviour on board aircraft.

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