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Airports Could Ban Booze Before 10am Due To Abuse And Disruptions

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Airports Could Ban Booze Before 10am Due To Abuse And Disruptions

You need to be at the airport early, the bars open, why not get a pint in? The holiday has officially started after all. Well get your last drink in as 24-hour boozing at airports may be coming to an end.

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The Sun reported the government is launching a review into whether to extend the current high-street drinking laws to busy airports to cut down on Brits portraying 'disruptive or drunk behaviour' while a mile high, as said by the Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins.

This could mean bars in airports, such as Gatwick and Heathrow, could see a ban on serving alcohol until 10am - that's still pretty early for a pint though.

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Airlines have been insistent on a change in regulations for months now, Ryanair are among them - the airline are all for a restriction on sales, possibly including a two-drink limit for passengers, after one of their pilots was forced to divert a plane heading to Ibiza earlier this year.

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And back in August a man who decided to board a flight dressed as the Disney character 'Tinkerbell' was kicked off his flight armed police officers after abusing cabin crew.

During the summer the Civil Aviation Authority stated there were 417 reports of 'serious disruptions' on flights last year, this is a up from 415 in 2016 and a huge jump from the reports 195 in 2015.

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However, it's up in the air whether first class passengers may be exempt from a change in laws as they're supplied free booze from the airlines.

At the moment pubs and restaurants past passport control are exempt from the 2003 licensing act meaning pubs like the Wetherspoon's Red Lion in Gatwick can opens and serves alcohol 3am.

Under the proposals made by airlines pubs would have to apply to open earlier.

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Even with the positive benefits for airlines and cabin crew that have faced abuse and disruption a UK Hospitality chief Kate Nicholls said a review is 'demonising' holiday makers.

She said: "New legislation would be unnecessary and unfair and demonise pub goers who deserve the right to enjoy a drink when going on holiday. The vast majority do so responsibly.

"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."

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Topics: UK News, Airport, News, Ryanair, Booze

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