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You're on a flight when you witness

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a man giving a female flight attendant a hard time about buckling his seat belt, refusing to do so with the seat belt sign on due to turbulence. The argument escalates when the man stands and tells the female attendant to get out of his face or he's going to knock her out. She leaves and enters the cabin apparently to talk with the pilot/co/navigator about the problem. The agitated male sits back down.

She reappears with what looks like the Capt. walking down toward where the agitated male is sitting. The seats directly behind his row have been vacated by passengers attempting to move away from a potential problem as it's apparently he's having a melt down of some kind.

You're 5 rows behind all this goings on, witness the above.

What would you do, if anything. What could you do if you were to intervene in some way before or after it escalates to violence with the capt.
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Well, in my own world of "fantasy airline ownership," :LOL: I'd probably run that scenario a bit differently. I'd run it like it were a railroad. The "conductor" is the boss of the train. The engineer is only the "driver" and is separated physically from the other cars. Hard for a hijacker/terrorist to get to them unless they can get to the engine, somehow.

Therefore, for larger wide body aircraft (i.e. 777-ish), I'd build it with solid titanium wall between the main cabin and cockpit that could not be penetrated. There would be no access between the cockpit and main cabin, but there would be a bathroom and maybe a small galley on the cockpit side. I would then staff the main cabin with a "conductor" like person who becomes the boss of the aircraft. The pilot is only the "driver." The aircraft "conductor" would handle all disciplinary/safety matters and be trained for that... most likely armed as well like air marshalls are today. The only reason to contact the pilot for something would be a medical or safety emergency requiring a diversion to a different airport. The pilot to need to get on with the FAA to get the diversion approved.

So, to answer the question, the aircraft "conductor" would handle the above situation. I would not expect or want the passengers to get involved unless absolutely necessary (i.e. "Let's roll.").
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