Pilots and Flight Attendants Shouldn't Have to Battle Flying Primates

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The Washington Times and its reporter David Field deserve accolades for the article "Passenger turbulence: Unruly fliers make travel bumpy for others, crew" (Business, May 3). That item should be read by every traveler (and his employer) before each airline trip.

In my flying experiences, I find that flight attendants are the angels of air travel. The physical demands are staggering, the patience required, the bright-eyes attentiveness, the courtesy, the appearance of calm and serenity even despite hairy weather and delays - for a not-tremendous salary - are noble to say the least.

On the other hand, I have often observed among the passengers the worst sort of behavior. Being drunken is not an excuse in court or in law.

As the article states: "And in October, police arrested investment banker Gerard B. Finneran after he disrupted a United Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City. Mr. Finneran, 58, was allegedly drunk and violent, shoving a flight attendant and threatening another. He later defecated on a food-service cart. He has been sentenced to probation."

And did his bank promote him? He was "sentenced to probation" (wow, what a judge). Even under ideal conditions, many people fear flying. Must all flight attendants become black belts in karate to protect themselves? Or must every flight carry a SWAT team or sumo wrestler to handle the Jekyll and Hydes or would-be Rambos who go ballistic as soon as they are away from home. …