Government to toughen penalties for in-flight violence

Su Jin Jang, Feb. 3, 2017, 9:22 a.m.


The government said Friday that it will strengthen punishments for people causing violence or a disturbance during a flight, following a recent in-flight incident. Under revised airline safety regulations, a passenger resorting to violence during the flight will be sentenced to up to three years in prison, officials said.   

The revision was discussed during a government meeting presided over by Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn. The government said it will revise related laws to allow more active use of taser guns against in-flight violence.

Currently, only aviation safety agents are required to record footage of in-flight violence. Under the revision, all flight attendants will be required to do so when necessary.

The move is the latest measure against in-flight violence, which was highlighted late last year when a drunk South Korean man went on a near rampage on a Korean Air flight from Vietnam to South Korea. 

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