If a passenger flips out on board your next flight, think twice before you attempt to record a viral video.
A Federal Aviation Administration safety rep said filming a fired-up passenger is likely to escalate an airline altercation and make it far more dangerous.
“If someone’s got a cellphone in your face, it could make the situation worse,” FAA rep Trey Walters told Insider in an interview Tuesday.
“If a flight attendant, for example, is trying to attend to a passenger that’s having an issue, having people reaching their hands out in front of that person’s face, trying to record the situation definitely creates added risk.”
Walters, who worked as a commercial pilot, said airline staff are likely to become “distracted” from their duties, which could be particularly hazardous if the plane is in the air.
In recent months, dozens of videos of unruly passengers have gone viral on social media.
Just last week, model Morgan Osman was filmed flipping out as she stormed off an American Airlines flight following a feud with a fellow flyer.
“Film me, I’m Instagram famous, you f–king bum,” the brunette was seen saying in a now-viral video recorded by another person on the plane.
Clearly, being recorded further aggravated Osman, but thankfully the plane was still on the tarmac and no danger occurred.
Some airlines specifically prohibit the recording of other passengers, and not just for privacy reasons.
“Any photography or recording of other customers or airline personnel that creates a safety risk, or that interferes with crew members’ duties is prohibited,” a 2018 released from United Airlines read.
However, the carrier claimed that “capturing personal events” on board their planes was “permitted.”
It appears almost instinctual for passengers to record any drama that occurs on a plane — and there’s been no shortage of flight footage on social media.
Earlier this month, video of a couple busted bonking in the bathroom of a Ryanair jet went viral on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Back in July, footage of flyer Tiffany Gomes was also shared across the internet after it was captured by a fellow passenger.
The marketing executive was purportedly booted from a flight from Dallas to Orlando, Florida, after she accused another passenger of stealing her AirPods — and bizarrely stated “that motherf–ker is not real.”
“You can sit on this plane and you can f–king die with them or not. I’m not going to,” she said as the plane was taxiing, according to the clip.
She demanded that the crew “stop the plane,” and the aircraft was brought back to the gate and Gomes was ejected.