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Airport Beers Over Breakfast Are Under The Cosh From UK Politicians

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Airport Beers Over Breakfast Are Under The Cosh From UK Politicians

I'm off to New York at the beginning of May and I'm going to be straight up with you, the idea of a being on a plane for seven hours scares the living shit out of me.

Needless to say, I plan doing what any sensible person does ahead of a nervy flight: getting a few pints in at the airport bar.

Sadly, that could all be about to change as a House of Lords report has called for tighter rules on selling alcohol at airports.

Airport bars and pubs currently don't have to abide by alcohol restrictions law in the Licensing Act 2003 meaning they can serve booze 24/7.

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However, new parliamentary select committee report looks set to tighten up rules on booze sales in airports.

This means that it could be last orders for the pre-holiday pints over a full-English breakfast.

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Budget airline Jet 2, who gave evidence to the committee, reported how over half of all passenger disruptions on flights were caused by alcohol consumption.

And the number of incidents in which a passenger had failed to respect rules of conduct had risen significantly.

The airline's submission read: "These incidents range from passengers being verbally abusive to crew or fellow passengers to incidents which endanger safety, such attempting to open cabin doors.

Jet2 recommended that airports should come under the Licensing Act 2003.

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The report also revealed sales to people who were underage was another worry.

Sussex Police, whose boundary includes Gatwick Airport, conducted tests at bars and pubs to see which airside alcohol vendors would sell to underage customers.

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A Sussex Police spokesperson told the select committee: "Whilst improvements have now been made, during the first round of testing, all but one of the premises selling alcohol sold alcohol to our under 18-year-old test purchasers.

"No sanctions were possible due to none of the Licensing Act 2003 offences being relevant for airside premises, and because of this engagement with the owners of the licensed premises, including very large well known providers, was very difficult."

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The 186-page report read: "No one travelling on an international flight can fail to notice that, once they have gone through customs, control of the sale of alcohol seems to be relaxed, and the permitted hours even more so.'

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, chairwoman of the Lords select committee, said: "This can lead to dangerous situations and must be changed."


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Topics: Bar, Airport, Beer, Pub

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