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19 Sep 2016

BY Tom Parry

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Jet2.com calls for 'banned by one, banned by all' policy to curb air rage incidents

The managing director of Jet2.com has called on airlines to implement a "banned by one, banned by all" policy to prevent drunken behaviour by passengers.

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Phil Ward told BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates that the aviation industry should adopt the rule, after figures from the Civil Aviation Authority saw the number of so-called “air rage” incidents onboard UK airlines quadruple over the last three years.

 

According to the statistics seen by BBC Radio 5 Live, there were 386 dangerous incidents in 2015, compared to 114 in 2014 and 85 in 2013.

 

Speaking to the programme, Ward said Jet2.com had so far issued life-long bans to 22 passengers and said he believed airlines had to work

together to curb the problem.

 

"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," he said.

 

"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."

 

His comments come after the budget airline banned the sale of alcohol before 8am on its flights last month, as part of a commitment to tackle disruptive and abusive behaviour.

 

The decision, according to Jet2.com, was the first of its kind by a European airline.

 

Ward added that problems were often caused by passengers drinking ahead of their flights in airport bars.

 

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

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