air rage


: an airline passenger's uncontrolled anger that is usually expressed in aggressive or violent behavior

Examples of air rage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In-flight air rage hit record highs in 2021, mostly because of masking requirements. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2024 Get a hold of yourselves:Why air rage on airplanes is every traveler's problem Zach Wichter is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in New York. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2024 Last year saw a rise in cases of air rage as flights were more crowded, including one passenger who tried to open a plane’s emergency door and attempted to stab a flight attendant with a broken spoon. Chris Morris, Fortune, 15 Feb. 2024 Get a hold of yourselves:Why air rage on airplanes is every traveler's problem The rate of unruly-passenger incidents has dropped more than 80% after hitting record highs in 2021, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 During a congressional subcommittee hearing last September about the escalation of air rage in the United States, flight attendants and other industry representatives painted a stark picture of how unfriendly the skies have become during the Covid-19 pandemic. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Perhaps unsurprisingly, alcohol abuse is a major contributor to air rage. Ragini Saxena, Fortune, 12 June 2023 Best travel insurance Cruising Altitude:Why air rage on airplanes is every traveler's problem The Mobility Aids On Board Improve Lives and Empower All (MOBILE) Act would require all airlines operating through U.S. airports to publish the dimensions of the cargo holds on their planes. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 5 May 2023 Andrew Thomas, a frequent flyer who teaches international business at the University of Akron and has tracked air rage for more than 20 years, believes conditions are ripe for even more incidents on planes this summer because travelers are more stressed than ever. David Koenig,, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use

1997, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air rage was in 1997

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“Air rage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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