New strict rules for being drunk on a plane

25 June 2015

plane There has been a bit of bother, with people being drunk on planes. Recently, a drunk lady 'performed' a sex act while on a flight, and we've seen BA staff getting threatened with a stabbing too. More recently, a man was taken off a Thomas Cook plane by police for being disorderly and sexually assaulting a stewardess, forcing a flight to land.

With that, budget airline Jet2.com, say that more measures are needed to protect staff and non abusive passengers, from drunk people. The airline say that they're backed by some of the UK's biggest travel operators, in what they deem to be an increasingly serious problem.

Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com said: "We are a family airline and holiday company carrying millions of passengers every year. These are people who have chosen to take their well-earned summer breaks with us and we want them to have a wonderful time. Therefore, under no circumstances will we allow the disruptive few to spoil the experience for the majority of the fantastic customers that fly with us."

Jet2.com are working with other holiday companies, industry bodies and the UK's leading airports, to bring in more comprehensive measures to stop disruptive behaviour associated with air travel. And they see it as people who have had far too much to drink before flying.

The company added that cabin crew are more frequently dealing with passengers who are abusive, racist, noisy and aggressive, which is causing misery for everyone else. They added that they have an educational scheme to make sure passengers are aware of the impact of alcohol at high altitude and that they've given staff the power to make quick decisions when it comes to disruptive passengers, including verbal and written warnings.

One of the things that can be doled out, is a bill to the culprits, for the cost of the diversion and the potential for legal action, after the flight has completed.

Jet2.com are taking this further too, writing to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, and they're urging the Government to take decisive action to help enforce new, stricter policies.

TOPICS:   Travel

2 comments

  • Peter T.
    It's an unfortunate consequence of airports being full of bored, nervous people and endless opportunities to purchase alcohol, or, if you are lucky enough to have access to executive lounges, unlimited free alcohol. If airlines really want to deal with the problem they need to prevent drunk people from boarding the plane in the first place, which they rarely do. The airports could make the departure side of airports alcohol-free, but of course they won't for obvious financial reasons. I'm not advocating any of this, but it's worth bearing in mind that airlines and airports make a lot of money from alcohol so their commitment to actually dealing with the problem of drunk passengers needs to be questioned.
  • Big A.
    What he said ^^^^^^^^^

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