PHOTO: Upset travelers are letting their emotions get the best of them more than ever before, according to a recent IATA study. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
A recent study conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that air rage incidents reported by airlines around the world jumped by more than 1,500 from 2014 to 2015, reaching 10,854 last year.
In an effort to get to the bottom of the notable rise, TravelPulse Radio co-hosts Tim Wood and Barry Kaufman brought on travAlliancemedia founder and CEO and frequent flyer Mark Murphy this week in the third episode of TravelPulse Radio.
"I just see people get really aggravated. And I think you're aggravated for a number of reasons," says Murphy, who points out that "planes are packed."
In addition to the close quarters air travelers share, the process of getting to the sky isn't always easy. "Whether it's weather, mechanical issues, computer glitches, all of the above have affected flying in recent times," added Murphy.
Nonetheless, Murphy has some advice for impatient passengers.
"Worry about the things you can control," he says. "And unless you're the pilot of the aircraft, you've got no say."
While it's important to relax before a flight, those looking to take the edge off with a drink or two should be mindful of how much they're consuming.
"People don't realize the impact alcohol has on you at altitude," Murphy warns. "If you get drunk on three drinks, you're going to be spinning on three drinks at 36,000 feet."
You can listen to the entire interview (starting at the 41:20 mark) and Episode 3 of TravelPulse Radio below.