Ryanair Says that UK Airports Have a Drinking Problem

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 14, 2017

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

There was a total of 387 in the year to February 2017, up from 255 in the period from February 2015 to 2016, according to the statistics.

The Civil Aviation Authority has reported a 600% increase in "disruptive" incidents on flights in the United Kingdom between 2012 and 2016, with "most" involving alcohol although it put this down to an improvement in the reporting of such incidents rather than an actual rise in their occurrence.

The code's advice includes duty free retailers warning passengers that they should not drink alcoholic purchases on their flight and cabin crews should not serve passengers who are visibly drunk.

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. 'They would touch your breasts, or they'd touch your bum or your legs.

A former crew member, Ally Murphy, who quit in October last year after 14 years, told "Panorama": "People just see us as barmaids in the sky", and added she had been groped on occasion by drunken passengers. "It's rage inducing, and you shouldn't have to deal with that".

Karen Dee of the Airport Operators Association said she did not accept that airports sell alcohol irresponsibly.

'The sale of alcohol per se is not a problem.

"It's the misuse of it and drinking to excess and then behaving badly", she said.

Baroness Mcintosh, chair of the committee that helped introduced the voluntary Code of Practice a year ago, said it was not working and called on the Government to act.

Most of the big airlines and airports have signed up to this.

Ryanair has already taken a number of measures to prevent disruptive behaviour on its United Kingdom flights, and customers are not permitted to consume their own duty-free purchases on board.

Numerous cabin crew interviewed by Panorama meanwhile said they were "unaware" of the code and those that were mostly said it wasn't working.

Baroness Hayter, of Alcohol Concern, said of airports: 'They are selling alcohol in front of children, they are selling it around licensing hours, they are selling it without asking how much people have already drunk.

"Disruptive behaviour, including due to excessive alcohol consumption, is not acceptable".

"The industry is working hard to tackle the issue and a year ago launched a code of practice to create a common, consistent approach that co-ordinates and enhances existing efforts to prevent disruptive passenger behaviour".

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