A new law envisioning cabin crews using devices to restrain unruly or drunk passengers has passed the first reading in the Russian Lower House of Parliament. The proposed amendments to the Air Code would authorize the pilot in command to take measures of enforcement against passengers who "pose a threat to the health and security of other passengers and refuse to obey the orders" using restraint devices. A list of onboard devices that could be used against unruly passengers is currently being discussed in parliament. While the cosponsors of the bill agreed that plastic handcuffs for hands and ankles would be effective, Tasers were ruled out as they could be used against crew members. MP Alexander Starovoitov, the cosponsor of the legislation pointed out that today it's mostly passengers who help the crew to subdue brawlers by using what is at hand, such as scarves or towels.
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