Ryanair has “no plans” to alter its policy banning passengers bringing duty free alcohol onboard on select routes.
One of the TTG news team, who is soon to fly to Ibiza, asked the airline for more information after receiving an email entitled “Important information regarding your Ryanair flight to Ibiza”, which listed a number of restrictions regarding alcohol.
The airline said it had “taken a number of measures” to prevent disruptive behaviour on its flights, and customers were not permitted to consume their own duty-free purchases on board.
Specifically, customers flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante, and on all UK flights to Ibiza, are not permitted to bring duty free alcohol onboard the aircraft at all, Ryanair said.
Those who have purchased duty free alcohol will be asked to put it into the hold or leave their purchases behind.
“The comfort and safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority,” a spokesperson said.
He added there were “no plans” to change the policy, introduced in 2015, “having consulted with our customers and the airports”.
Ryanair’s email to customers lists the following restrictions:
• Customers will not be allowed to carry alcohol on board and all cabin baggage will be searched at the boarding gates.
• Any alcohol purchased in airport shops or elsewhere must be packed carefully in a suitable item of cabin baggage, which will be tagged at the gate and then placed in the aircraft hold free of charge.
• If the bag is unsuitable for placing in the hold (e.g. plastic bag) then customers will be required to dispose of the alcohol in the bins provided.
• Boarding gates will be carefully monitored and customers showing any signs of anti-social behavior or attempting to conceal alcohol will be denied travel without refund or compensation.