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What causes air rage?

Everyone knows about road rage – those terrifying incidents in which another driver intends to cause harm after any kind of traffic-related slight. Less commonly heard about, but no less serious, are incidents of air rage. You and other New Yorkers who travel by air may be interested in learning why air rage occurs, as well as the surprising factors that may cause it.

What exactly is air rage? This is classified as aggressive or violent behavior on airplanes, usually by passengers. Frustrated and angry airline personnel have also been known to participate in air rage. As Psychology Today explains, many of the causes of air rage might not surprise you. Many passengers are stressed out, tired and upset about the limited space and decreasing amenities on commercial flights. They may also take out their frustrations about delays or flight anxiety on others.

Recent studies also suggest class can play a part in air rage, which you might not have expected. For example, economy passengers were reported to have acted out after walking through first class to get to their spots. Even more surprising is evidence that first class passengers can become angered by having their space encroached upon by boarding economy passengers. Travelers who are more likely to become unruly also include sports teams, groups of people working for the same company, families on vacation and intoxicated passengers.

Air rage can be more than an inconvenience. A belligerent or violent passenger can threaten your safety while you are in a confined space and unable to get out of the way. This information is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.

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