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This budget airline giant wants to stop passengers drinking at airports!

Easyvoyage logo Easyvoyage 17/08/2017

The move seeks to reduce the number of drunk passengers on flights © Provided by Webedia SAS The move seeks to reduce the number of drunk passengers on flights Europe's biggest short haul airline, Ryanair, has called for more aggressive restrictions on alcohol sales to passengers following a sharp increase in alcohol related disruptions.

The carrier wants to see a ban on all sales of alcohol before 10am and a limit of two drinks per boarding pass in airports. This would be in addition to current rules which ban consumption of duty-free alcohol on flights with most airlines.

Ryanair has already taken the matter into its own hands, banning passengers from bringing any alcohol on certain flights from Manchester and Glasgow to airports in Spain.

The appeal has been prompted by the findings of the BBC's Panorama programme which discovered that there has been a 50% increase in disruptive incidents between 2012 and 2016 related to alcohol on flights.

There were a total of 387 arrests beween February 2016 and February 2017, up from 255 in the period from February 2015 to 2016, according to the data provided by the BBC programme.

The airline says the problem is exacerbated by passengers who often wish to start their holiday drinking early, getting drunk at the airport to avoid the higher costs of inflight drinks.

Ryanair's marketing manager Kenny Jacobs told The Telegraph: "[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.

"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."

A survey of 4,000 cabin crew by the Unite trade union found that 87% had witnessed drunken passenger behaviour at UK airports or departing flights. A quarter said they believed drunken passengers have threatened flight safety and more than half of those surveyed said they had suffered verbal abuse from offenders. Unite called for an action plan to "stem the tide of drunken and disruptive behaviour".

Despite a code of conduct introduced in 2016, with the aim of curbing drunken behavior amongst passengers, many airlines like Ryanair believe not enough is being done to co-ordinate a response between airports and airlines.

Whilst the CAA Air Navigation Order makes it an offence to board an aircraft while drunk the proportion of those prosecuted is low. In its draft aviation strategy The Home Office is "considering" calls for tougher rules on alcohol.

Unite has called for an action plan to “stem the tide of drunken and disruptive behaviour”.

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