Blanket airline bans for drunk passengers?

19 September 2016
Blanket airline bans for drunk passengers?

There's been an increase in the number of air rage incidents on UK airlines. According to one report, these incidents have quadrupled, which is bad news for all concerned.

In 2015, there were 386 dangerous incidents, compared to the 114 the year before, and the 85 the year before that.

These stats come from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and were brought to light after vendors of cheap flights - Jet2.com - stopped the sale of alcohol before 8am on their flights, as they try to tackle abusive behaviour.

And there's some big talk floating around because of all this.

Managing direction of the budget airline, Phil Ward, said that they've been doling out life-long bans, with 22 passengers on the receiving end of them so far.

Talking to 5 Live, he added that the industry needs to adopt a "banned by one, banned by all" policy, so this disruptive behaviour stops.

He continued: "I think it would act as a very strong deterrent and in fact there is some work with all the airlines together going on to bring that to the table, to see if that can be correctly arranged between us all."

"It's not going to happen overnight. But it's something we've all agreed is a good practical solution, we just need to work out how to do it between us consistently, so that it's managed correctly."

"You can see it every day where people are drinking pints at six in the morning," he said.

"I'm not trying to spoil people's holidays at all but it's not normal to drink a pint at six in the morning and that then manifests itself on-board the airplane where the alcohol takes a greater effect."

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: "Passengers who become disruptive on flights cause distress to other travellers, create knock-on delays to other flights, and in rare cases can even put flight safety at risk."

"Passengers should be able to enjoy journeys from the UK's airports without having their journeys spoilt by a disruptive minority."

TOPICS:   Travel

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