Air marshal reveals cause of chaos at 30,000 feet The air marshal reveals the cause of all this chaos

Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, but as more take to the skies, more fights and in-flight altercations erupt.

Recent research from the International Air Transport Association indicates that the number of unruly passengers on planes is on the rise. The report suggests an increase of 47% in 2022 compared to 2021.

Only in the U.S., 250 cases of unruly passengers have been reported to the FBI.

Former FBI Special agent Jonathan Gilliam who was also a air marshal told Fox News Digital part of the increase could be attributed to that fact that even the largest airlines are now “no frills” airlines.

“There is no longer any care for patrons.” Many of those changes were made because people got tired of the COVID staff. The other issue is that many good flight attendants left COVID, and now, just like in every other industry, there are people who don’t care about customer service,” he explained.


Delta aircraft are parked at LaGuardia Airport, New York City in 2023. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Gilliam said passengers “don’t really care” about the situation.

“They don’t really care.” Gilliam added, “I think people treat police officers in the same manner.” This type of behavior and self-centeredness is all around us. We see it everywhere.

Four examples of unruly travelers.

They don’t really care. “I think people treat police officers in the same manner”

Jonathan Gilliam Fmr. FBI Special Agent, U.S. Air Marshal

Chiang Mai, Thailand

A passenger was upset that he had left his bag at the gate. He forced the plane to return back to its original gate.

The video was recorded by a passenger who had been on board the flight. In it, the individual complained to the flight attendants that his bag, which contained valuable items including money, had been left behind.

A flight attendant tried to drag him back to his seat by grabbing his arm.

If you are still uncomfortable, we will have to remove you from the flight. Do you want to leave? Do you want to wait for Bangkok? A flight attendant asked a man.

“Yes, yes. I want to leave now.” The man responded, “Ask the captain.”

The flight was delayed 45 minutes by the return of the plane to the terminal.

Denver, Colorado

On July 11, a Frontier Airlines flight was diverted from Philadelphia to Las Vegas to Denver International Airport after a fight broke out between two female passengers.

The flight departed Philadelphia at around 10:30 p.m. The flight was originally scheduled to arrive at 8:40 pm, but arrived an hour later due to the incident.

Fox News Digital received a statement from a spokesperson stating that the passenger was disruptive and caused rerouting to Denver.

Denver Police Department arrested the two female passengers and took them off the plane.


“Shut up the f—, b —-,”,” was heard during the fight.

One of the women appeared to shout at the flight attendant, “Don’t F—ing Touch Me.” “Don’t touch me at all.”

A fight broke out on a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas between two women who were traveling together. (DJ.2AM, via Instagram)

A fight broke out on a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas between two women who appeared to have been traveling together.

Passengers could be heard cheering when the passengers were removed from the plane.

New Orleans

Southwest Airlines flight heading to Houston from New Orleans has been held in its terminal as authorities remove an alleged drunken woman who refused when asked to leave the aircraft.

Around 7:45 pm, deputies from both the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office as well as the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office responded.

Officials stated that the passenger, Kamaryn G. Gibson, 25, caused a disturbance in the aircraft after leaving the gate.

She was charged with three counts of battery against a police officer, including two counts each of criminal mischief and disturbing the peace.

On a video that was posted on social media, a woman is heard asking her deputies for her phone as they drag her down the aisle.

Kamaryn Gibson (Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)

A Southwest Airline customer was removed from an outbound flight to Texas because of her alleged behaviour. (Credit:@kicknit35/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX).

“No, my phone is literally what I need.” “I paid for it,” she told a fellow passenger.


On April 30, a woman claiming to be pregnant attacked a Spirit Airlines employee in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Que Maria Scott, 29 years old, was charged with disorderly behavior for her involvement in a fight when airline employees stopped her from boarding.

The woman told the victim she was “from West Philly”, and that she would “beat out a –.”


A police report states that “Ms. Rhoden said Ms. Q. Scott placed her boarding card in one of her pants, pulled up her sweatpants and then proceeded to assault her by swinging arms and hitting her on the left side her face.” “[She] stated that Ms. Q. Scott started to pull her hair and pulled her into the barrier at the location, causing both of them to fall down.”

The report states that “Rhoden stated she clearly smelled liquor on Ms. Q. Scott even though Ms. Q. Scott claims being pregnant.”

Atlanta Police booked Scott into Clayton County Jail in the early hours of Monday morning, after an altercation with a Spirit Airlines employee on Sunday night.

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According to officials, it took four people in order to stop the fight.

Fox News’ Michael Lee and Greg Wehner contributed to this article. Michael Ruiz, Sarah Rumpf Whitten, Michael Ruiz, and Greg Wehner also contributed.

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