Sumary of Cabin crew report depression and suicidal thoughts amid rise in ‘mask rage’ on flights:
- As airlines cope with the mass reopening of travel routes and a rise in unruly passenger behaviour, a growing number of US airline staff have reported experiencing depression, with some saying they’ve had suicidal thoughts.
- An Association of Flight Attendants survey of nearly 5,000 crew this summer found that 85 per cent had dealt with disruptive passengers this year;
- “This survey confirms what we all know, the vitriol, verbal and physical abuse from a small group of passengers is completely out of control, and is putting other passengers and flight crew at risk,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants.
- ”The results of the AFA survey tally with the anecdotes received by Nas Lewis, a flight attendant who started the Facebook group “thAIRapy” – a place for those in the industry to vent and share experiences.
- “So many flight attendants [tell] me, ‘Oh my gosh, I need a therapist’ or.
- “[Airlines] don’t want the liability of [passengers knowing] that your flight attendants are suffering, and they’re committing suicide.