Federal police to crack down on mile-high-jinks club
THE Australian Federal Police will target air travellers who act in anti-social behaviour while at airports or in the skies this holiday season.
Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenanis said on Wednesday airline passengers who engage in anti-social behaviour at airports and on commercial flights over the holiday period will not be tolerated.
He warned false threats, assaulting an airline crew member, or endangering the safety of an aircraft all carry significant jail sentences.
"The AFP operates an air security officer program where members fly on selected domestic and international flights to ensure the safety of the travelling public," he said.
"The AFP will not hesitate to take action against those who commit offences at airports or in the air.
"Airport security and passenger safety are serious matters and abusive and irresponsible behaviour poses a danger to passengers and crew alike.
"People who harass airline staff and fellow passengers are committing an offence and face serious penalties of up to 10 years jail."