Drunk air passenger arrests up 50%

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A House of Lords committee report called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports

Arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports along with also on flights have risen by 50% in a year, a BBC Panorama investigation suggests.

A total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 along with also February 2017 – up by 255 the previous year.

Meanwhile, more than half of cabin crew who responded to a survey said they had witnessed disruptive drunken passenger behaviour at UK airports.

The Home Office is actually “considering” calls for tougher rules on alcohol.

The arrest figures obtained by Panorama came by 18 out of the 20 police forces that has a major airport in their area.

Trade body Airlines UK said the idea should be made illegal for people to drink their own alcohol on board a plane.

‘Barmaids inside sky’

A total of 19,000 of the Unite union’s cabin crew members were surveyed along with also 4,000 responded, with one in all 5 saying they had suffered physical abuse.

A former cabin crew manager with Virgin, Ally Murphy, quit her job last October after 14 years along with also told Panorama: “People just see us as barmaids inside sky.

“They might touch your breasts, or they’d touch your bum or your legs. I’ve had hands going up my skirt before.”

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Media captionAlly Murphy: “Drunk passenger tried to open plane door”

In July 2016 the aviation industry introduced a voluntary code of conduct on disruptive passengers, which most of the big airlines along with also airports signed up to.

The code’s advice included asking retailers to warn passengers not to consume duty-free purchases on the plane, while staff are also asked not to sell alcohol to passengers who appear drunk.

Panorama found more than a quarter of cabin crew surveyed were unaware of the code of practice along with also, of those who had heard of the idea, only 23% thought the idea was working.

One anonymous crew member told Panorama: “The code of conduct isn’t working… We’re seeing these incidents on a daily, a weekly, a monthly basis. the idea’s the alcohol mainly inside duty free in which is actually the significant problem.”


Alcohol inside air

  • Entering an aircraft when drunk or being drunk on an aircraft is actually a criminal offence, that has a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment
  • Licensing laws which prevent the sale of alcohol outside permitted hours do not apply to airside sales of alcohol at UK international airports. Bars can remain open to serve passengers on the earliest along with also latest flights – by 04:00 in some cases
  • About 270m passengers passed through UK airports last year* along with also travellers spend an estimated £300m on alcohol at UK airports each year – around a fifth of total retail sales of £1.5bn**
  • The Civil Aviation Authority reported a 0% increase in disruptive passenger incidents inside UK between 2012 along with also 2016 with “most involving alcohol”. They say the increase is actually partly down to increased reporting of incidents

Sources: Airlines UK* along with also UK Travel Retail Forum**


Manchester Airport is actually one of the signatories yet when Panorama’s undercover reporter asked at World Duty Free whether she could open alcohol bought at a duty-free shop to consume on the plane, she was told “officially probably not, unofficially I think you’ll get away with the idea”. Another shop inside airport did give the right advice.

World Duty Free said the idea was committed to dealing with the issue along with also in which the idea displays “clear advisory notices at till points, on till receipts along with also on carrier bags in which remind customers in which alcohol purchases cannot be opened until their final destination is actually reached”.

Airlines UK, which represents carriers such as Virgin, British Airways along with also EasyJet, wants the government to amend the law to make consumption of a passenger’s own alcohol on board an aircraft a criminal offence.

‘There for one reason’

Airlines can limit the amount of alcohol sold to passengers on board flights.

Low-cost airline Jet2 has already banned alcohol sales on flights before 08:00 along with also managing director Phil Ward agreed further action was needed.

“I think they [airports] could do more. I think the retailers could do more as well.

“Two litre steins of beer in bars, mixes along with also miniatures in duty free shops, which can only be there for one reason – you know, they’re items in which are not sold on the high street.

“We can’t allow the idea not to change.”

A House of Lords committee report earlier This specific year called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports.

Committee chair Baroness McIntosh of Pickering said: “We didn’t hear one shred of evidence to show the voluntary code was either working at This specific point or had any possible vestige of success in working any time soon.”

The Home Office said the idea was considering the report’s recommendations, which include revoking the airports’ exemption by the Licensing Act, “along with also will respond in due course”.

Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said: “I don’t accept in which the airports don’t sell alcohol responsibly. The sale of alcohol per se is actually not a problem. the idea’s the misuse of the idea along with also drinking to excess along with also then behaving badly.”

She said they were working with retailers along with also staff to make sure they understand the rules.

Watch Panorama: Plane Drunk on Monday 14 August on BBC One at 20:30 BST along with also afterwards on BBC iPlayer


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