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passenger behavior and taking legal, civil or criminal action?

Discussion in 'questions. answers. conversations.' started by schrap2755, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. schrap2755

    schrap2755 Reader

    With so many stories lately of badly behaved passengers causing things like significant delays, emergency landings, etc. I'm inquiring for US flights only.
    Do we as passengers have any recourse available to "take action" against the passenger?
    File small claims suit, civil actions, etc?

    Twice in the past year I've been on US flights where passenger antics, fights, escorting off planes, etc. have occured which have caused the flight to be delayed significantly to the point where I've missed plans on the landing side of my flight.
    While I know there's credit card delay/cancellation coverage -- I'm more interested if there are passenger rights or options against the person themselves which caused the delay
  2. Gia

    Gia Well-Known Member

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    The problem in such cases is that the individual involved is usually judgment proof, meaning you can’t get money out of them so it’s just a big waste of your time and money pursuing it. I would hope that the airlines would BFL any individual involved in such a situation and it would be useful if they would pass the information along to TSA and other agencies to ensure that this person cannot reoffend. The punishment needs to be severe.
    rickyw and David W like this.