If you enjoy having a few glasses of wine or bottles of beer before a flight, you might not like the new measure one airline is pushing for.
Irish budget carrier Ryanair is calling for UK airports to restrict the number of alcoholic drinks permitted for each passenger about to board a flight. The airline wants airport bars and restaurants to check boarding passes and allow each traveller no more than two drinks, and zero before 10am.
The proposal comes after a BBC investigation found a shocking increase in disruptive behaviour from drunken passengers in UK airports – up from 255 arrests to 387 in the last year.
“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,” Ryanair’s marketing director, Kenny Jacobs told The Independent.
The move has drawn criticism from experts, however, who claim it isn’t enough to limit pre-flight drinks when the airline hasn’t outlined any plans to restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages on their own flights.
“Here’s the thing, though: notice that they don’t want to stop selling alcohol themselves and in fact by preventing people from boozing it up before the flight, they’ve got customers more likely to want to buy from the airline,” US airline industry expert and travel blogger Gary Leff claims.
“The airline could choose not to sell alcohol on its flights. They could reduce the pressure on crew to generate revenue from in-flight sales. They could take it upon themselves to prevent intoxicated passengers from boarding.”
Tell us in the comments below, what do you think of Ryanair’s proposal? Would you like to see similar measures rolled out in our airports?