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Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%

Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%”

In addition to the two-drink limit, the company would like to see the sale of alcohol banned before 10am and require all customers to show their boarding passes when ordering drinks.

The arrest figures obtained by Panorama came from 18 out of the 20 police forces with a major airport in their area.

More than 387 passengers were arrested a year ago for causing alcohol-fuelled disruption at airports or on aircraft - a rise of 50 per cent on 2015.

Ms Dee said: "The sale of alcohol per se is not a problem. 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".

No one is dealing with drunk passengers being allowed to board flights as commercial interests are being looked after instead, according to a former airline pilot. Ryanair has gone further by stopping passengers on certain routes to Spain from Glasgow and Manchester from bringing duty-free alcohol on board.

The firm said in a statement: "Ryanair has already taken a number of measures to prevent disruptive behaviour on its United Kingdom flights and customers are not permitted to consume their own duty-free purchases on board".

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said it's unfair "that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences".

"The industry is working hard to tackle the issue and previous year launched a code of practice to create a common, consistent approach that co-ordinates and enhances existing efforts to prevent disruptive passenger behaviour". They are making it very, very readily available'. "I think what we are encouraging is that all of our lounge staff - if they are airport lounges, sometimes they're airline lounges, they're a mix of providers - but the point is they should be saying, "Drink responsibly'". Unite called for an action plan to "stem the tide of drunken and disruptive behaviour".

APanorama investigation has shown the amount of passengers being arrested on suspicion of being drunk on flights and in airports has risen by 50% in a year.

Airlines UK, which represents carriers such as Virgin, British Airways and EasyJet, wants the government to amend the law to make consumption of a passenger's own alcohol on board an aircraft a criminal offence.



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