7 flight attendants told Insider the rise in passenger violence has worsened their mental health. Some cited a divisive political climate for the heightened aggression.
Flight attendants describe 'unprecedented' passenger violence as travel returns
Between the pandemic, the presidential election, and protests across the US, the past year has been contentious — and that's been reflected during airplane rides, flight attendants say. The FAA has so far reported more than 3,000 incidents of unruly passenger behavior in 2021, most involving travelers refusing to comply with mask mandates.