This is a takeoff on "air rage," the term applied to several incidents of rude or dangerous behavior by stressed-out airline customers flying into or out of Boston's Logan Airport the week before this cartoon was drawn.

The "3-deckers with collapsing decks" is a reference to an incident in Boston's Brighton neighborhood, where poorly constructed decks on the back of an apartment building collapsed during a party and injured several tenants. When it came out that the construction of the decks had been done without adequate permits, a former tenant wrote to the Globe that this particular landlord seems to have so much influence with the city that inspectors and housing officials never take his tenants' complaints seriously.

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