Ryanair calls for changes to Airport drinking laws

Budget airline Ryanair has called for UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit for passengers after a surge in drunken passengers causing trouble on flights.

The move comes after it was revealed that the number of drunken passengers arrested has risen by 50% in a year. 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017, up from 255 the pervious year, with most incidents involving alcohol. These figures came from 18 out of the 20 police forces with a major airport in their area.

Ryanair claims that drunken behaviour on flights is getting out of control and airports must act now.

The airline wants to introduce a two-drink limit on how much alcohol passengers can buy in airport bars and restaurants. They have also proposed a ban on alcohol sales before 10am and wants passengers to have to show their boarding passes before being served.

In a statement, the airline said: “Ryanair has already taken a number of measures to prevent disruptive behaviour on its UK flights and customers are not permitted to consume their own duty-free purchases on board.

“Customers flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza are no longer permitted to bring duty free on board the aircraft – and those who have purchased duty free alcohol will be asked to put it into the hold or leave their purchases behind.”

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The company’s chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs, added: “It’s completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airline s to deal with the consequences of safety. 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.

“As the largest airline in Europe, Ryanair’s number one priority is the safety of our customers, crew, and aircraft, and we operate strict guidelines for the carriage of customers who are disruptive or appear to be under the influence of alcohol.”

Airlines already have the power to limit the amount of alcohol sold to passengers on board flights. Fellow budget airline Jet2 has already banned alcohol sales on flights before 8.00am and their managing director, Phil Ward, agreed that further action was needed.

“I think airports could do more. I think retailers could do more as well. Two litre steins of beer in bars, mixes and miniatures in duty free shops, which can only be there for one reason – you know, they’re items that are not sold on the high street. We can’t allow it not to change.”