Airline calls on UK airports to limit pre-flight alcohol sales
Budget airline Ryanair is calling for a change in the law in response to a new report that showed there has been a 50 per cent increase in arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk.
The flight carrier wants UK airports to take necessary measures to prevent excessive alcohol consumption. BBC Panorama report that a total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017, up from 255 the previous year.
And the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reported a 600 per cent increase in disruptive passenger incidents in the UK between 2012 and 2016 with most ‘involving alcohol’.
While trade body Airlines UK said it should be made illegal for people to drink their own alcohol on board a plane Ryanair are urging airports to take more responsibility.
They want the sale of all alcohol in bars and restaurants before 10am banned and to ensure that each passenger has a maximum of two drinks before they board their flight.
In order to do this they have suggested the mandatory use of boarding cards so that there is a record of what has been bought by each person, and also to control the sale of alcohol during flight delays.
The airline have already barred their passengers from consuming their own dutyfree purchases on board, and customers flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza are no longer permitted to bring duty free alcohol on board the aircraft.
Those who purchase duty free alcohol are asked to put it into the hold or leave their purchases behind.
“It’s completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences,” said Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs.
“This is a particular problem during flight delays when airports apply no limit to the sale of alcohol in airside bars and restaurants. This is an issue which the airports must now address and we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed.
“Given that all our flights are short-haul, very little alcohol is actually sold on board, so it’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”