EASA is now considering a programme to deal with the problems caused by disruptive passengers.  The CAA already has a programme running and will be engaging with industry shortly with the aim of adding to the advice and processes already outlined here in the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers.  The French authorities have used the UK code as the basis for their own work in this area.  This week’s (1 Mar) meeting of the CAT Collaborative Analysis Group reaffirmed that disruptive passengers present safety and security risks that must be tackled.  While EASA member states can have different attitudes and police responses to incidents, guidance from EASA would be of benefit in generating consistency across Europe.  I believe that development of a pan-EASA solution would be in everyone’s best interests.

Dai Whittingham