Flying is often as an exciting and even luxurious experience. But the joy of air travel is sometimes shattered when another passenger acts in an unruly or disruptive manner. Unruly passengers pose a serious safety risk for the plane and for other passengers on board. It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 15 incidents of air rage occur each day, a sobering statistic. Fortunately, it is not impossible to stop such behavior. While it’s the pilot’s responsibility to ensure compliance with aviation safety regulations, passengers can also take control of the situation when they witness bad behavior. Here are some simple things one can do to help counter a bully on board at 30,000 feet. First and foremost, stay calm and don’t confront the disruptive person. Doing so could escalate the situation and put the safety of others at risk. Remember that in such an environment, the bully – often referred to as a “schoolyard bully” – often enjoys provoking reactions and attention. Instead, try to get help from a flight attendant, the pilot, or other passengers. Taking the lead, you can explain the problem to the attendant and suggest alternative solutions. Make sure you explain the problem quickly and concisely so that they can take appropriate action and de-escalate the situation. Additionally, if you are affected by the disruptive behavior, do not engage in arguments or retaliate. It is important to find a way to protect yourself and your other fellow passengers without escalating the situation. Remember, the aim is to defuse the situation and restore peace. Finally, report the incident after getting safely off the plane so that the airline can take appropriate action in the future. Airlines usually have a process in place for dealing with unruly passengers and tackling the problem is key to ensuring a safer and more pleasant flight for all. It’s time to take a stand and act against unruly behavior on board a plane. Airlines need to ensure passengers feel safe and protected throughout the flight. With this in mind, taking simple steps to counter the bully at 30,000 feet can help preserve the joy and peace of air travel.