With new stories surfacing daily about disorderly passengers being escorted off an aircraft or, worse, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, countries recently passed legislation ensuring such passengers are punished to the fullest extent.
So far, 22 countries around the world ratified the Montreal Protocol 2014, which officially went into effect Jan. 1. Having 22 countries sign on was a requirement for the bill to go into effect because, in the past, the question of jurisdiction would arise depending on where the plane departs and arrives, and offenders would largely be unpunished.
If offenders cause enough of a disruption to cause the flight to reroute or make an emergency landing, thus inconveniencing other passengers, offenders can face fines of more than $200,000.
The United States and the United Kingdom also have their own regulations that allow local authorities to take over when an unruly passenger gets out of control.
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