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Filipino flight crew as persons in authority?
Representatives Ibarra Gutierrez and Walden Bello of the nationalist bloc filed House Bill 4447, which seeks to "declare flight attendants and crew members as persons in authority, amending for that purpose Article 152 of Act No. 3815, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines."
“Under the Revised Penal Code, pilots and co-pilots of aircrafts, even in flight are neither considered as persons in authority or agents of persons in authority," the lawmakers pointed out.
Arguing for the proposed "Amendment to the Definition of Persons in Authority Act of 2014", the lawmakers said the main consideration for the Code’s definition of persons in authority and agents of persons in authority is to ensure that a person will be amply protected in carrying out and in enforcing rules and regulations and laws that ensure the maintenance of public order and of the security of life and property.
The lawmakers explained that when a plane, commercial aircrafts in particular, members of a flight crew are the only people who effectively have jurisdiction over the passengers of a plane.
“During flight, it is incumbent upon the plane pilot, co-pilot, flight stewards and stewardesses, and other members of a flight crew to ensure that order is maintained in order to avoid greater injury to the life and property of everyone in the plane,” the lawmakers said.
They, however, lamented that, unfortunately, members of a flight crew risk being disrespected whenever they enforce and impose rules for the protection of passengers of a plane.
"Thus the need to elevate the position of members of a flight crew to allow them to effectively maintain order in a plane when it is in flight," they stressed.