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Ryanair Calls For Airport Alcohol Ban And 'Two-Drink Limit'

Ryanair Calls For Airport Alcohol Ban And 'Two-Drink Limit'

The airline says that drink-fuelled incidents on planes are becoming all too common.

Will Fitzpatrick

Will Fitzpatrick

The airport is one of the few magical places on Earth where it is completely socially acceptable to sink a few pints at 7am on a weekday morning. However, this could all be set to change, as budget airline Ryanair pushes for a cap on the amount of booze travellers can put away before boarding a flight.

The airline says that drink-fuelled incidents on planes are becoming all too common and it's up to airport bosses to rein things back in.

The firm said in a statement: "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.

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"Customers flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza are no longer permitted to bring duty free alcohol 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."

Ryanair is calling for a two-drink limit on how much passengers can consume in airport restaurants and bars.

The move comes after news of a 600 percent increase in disruptive passenger incidents in the UK between 2012 and 2016. It said that most incidents involved alcohol in some way.

Are pre-flight pints a part of your holiday? Credit: PA

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.

Chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said: "It's completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences.

"This is a particular problem during flight delays when airports apply no limit to the sale of alcohol in airside bars and restaurants.

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"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.

"Given that all our flights are short-haul, very little alcohol is actually sold on board so it's incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights."

Sources: Ryanair

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Topics: Flying, Ryanair, travel, UK