A diplomatic conference is planned for next month to update international law on dealing with unruly passengers since incidents have increased dramatically since records started to be kept by IATA in 2007, passing 6,000 incidents in 2011. The conference, which is likely to be held in Montreal, Canada, is the culmination of a five-year process to revise the 50-year-old Tokyo Convention, a process triggered by an International Air Transport Association (IATA) proposal in 2009. Michael Gill, IATA director, aviation environment, said in December: “Unruly behavior reflects a broader societal problem where anti-social behavior is becoming more and more prevalent.”

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