Pre-flight pints on early flights 'could be banned'

02 November 2018 08:20

Travellers could soon face restrictions on the amount of alcohol they can drink before flying

Travellers could soon face restrictions on the amount of alcohol they can drink before flying

Air travellers could soon face restrictions on the amount of alcohol they can drink before flying, under plans currently being considered by the government.

In an attempt to crack down on drunk and disruptive behaviour at airports, the Home Office has launched a review into extending high street licensing laws into departure lounges.

The sale of alcohol beyond the security gates at international airports across England and Wales is not currently regulated by these licensing laws.

But the review could lead to pubs, restaurants and duty-free shops in terminals delaying the serving of morning alcohol until 10am.

Drunken passengers

A survey by the Unite union of 4,000 cabin crew previously found that 87% of staff from British-based airlines witnessed drunken passenger behaviour at UK airports, or on flights from UK airports in August 2017.

Travellers already face up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine for drunken behaviour on an aircraft.

The Government is asking the public for their views on whether introducing these laws could help tackle the problem in a three month call for evidence.

This comes after a House of Lords Select Committee recommended that airside outlets which sell and supply alcohol to passengers should comply with the same licensing rules as elsewhere.

Entirely unacceptable

Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins said: "Air travel often marks the start of an exciting holiday abroad and airports are places to eat, drink and shop as we wait to board our flights.

"Most UK air passengers behave responsibly when flying, but any disruptive or drunk behaviour is entirely unacceptable.

"This Government is committed to ensuring that the travelling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable.

"This is an excellent opportunity for all interested parties to engage directly with us, inform our understanding of the problem and identify suitable solutions."

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