IATA is calling on governments to ratify
important changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963 which were agreed
at a diplomatic conference in Montreal last week.
The Tokyo Convention provides the legal
framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or disruptive
behavior leads to physical assault or poses a threat to the safety
of a flight.
"This agreement is good news for everybody who
fliesópassengers and crew alike. The changes, along with the
measures already being taken by airlines, will provide an
effective deterrent for unacceptable behavior on board aircraft.
But governments must now follow-up on the success of the
diplomatic conference and ratify the new protocol. With some 300
incidents of unruly behavior being reported each week, we urge
governments to move quickly," said Tony Tyler, IATAís Director
General and CEO.
Some 100 governments attended the diplomatic
conference that agreed the changes, which will come into force
when 22 states ratify the protocol to the Tokyo Convention.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has driven the
process through from initial proposal to a new treaty in five
years, a relatively short length of time for a new protocol to be
By extending the jurisdiction from the country
of aircraft registration to the destination country, the protocol
closes a loophole which allowed many serious offences to escape
legal action. The agreed changes give greater clarity to the
definition of unruly behavior (such as including the threat of or
actual physical assault, or refusal to follow safety-related
instructions). There are also new provisions to deal with the
recovery of significant costs arising from unruly behavior.
"Unruly passengers are a very small minority.
But unacceptable behavior on board an aircraft can have serious
consequences for the safety of all on board. The goal is to
effectively deter such behavior and ensure safe flights for all by
making the consequences of such behavior clear and enforceable,"
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