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Air passengers should 'not drink to excess'

23 January 2009 17:50

Air passengers should 'not drink to excess'

Holidaymakers need to ensure that they control the amount of alcohol they consume when flying.

The Air Transport Users Council (AUC) has warned air passengers that they are ultimately responsible for their behaviour while flying.

James Fremantle, spokesperson for the AUC, said that "one of the major reasons for problems on aircrafts is alcohol".

Mr Fremantle made his comments in light of recent findings from the Department of Transport which showed that while the number of "serious incidents" on planes has reduced in 2007/08, alcohol is still a major factor in many of the problems that do occur.

He said: "One of the major reasons for problems on aircrafts is alcohol. Airlines are now pretty strict about letting passengers on if they have been drinking and giving out alcohol on board.

"On top of that, it is up to passengers to behave themselves. They can't expect the airlines and the crews to do everything. They need to be responsible and look out for fellow passengers."

According to the DoT figures, smoking and the consumption of alcohol were "the main contributory factors" in over 60 per cent of reported incidents.