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01 Sep 2017

BY Tom Parry

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Ryanair takes 'alcohol ban' plea to CAA

Ryanair has formally moved to secure a ban on UK airports serving passengers more than two alcoholic drinks each.

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Boss Michael O'Leary said a two-drink limit was a "reasonable and modest proposal"

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, told a press conference yesterday (August 31) that the Irish carrier had written to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) urging a limit be imposed to tackle the "growing problem" of drunken customers onboard.

 

“We see no reason not to have a ban,” he told journalists.

 

O’Leary cited statistics from the CAA, which reported a 600% increase in "disruptive passenger incidents" in the UK between 2012 and 2016, with most "involving alcohol".

 

"We want a ban on all alcohol sales at airports before 10am and a limit of two or three alcoholic drinks per passenger thereafter."

 

O’Leary said he believed the ban was a "reasonable and modest proposal", adding that Ryanair was awaiting a response from the CAA on the issue.

 

He added: "You have to ask why anyone needs to load up before a flight. We don’t need hen and stag parties loading up at airports."

 

O’Leary concluded: "This is not about us selling more drinks. Given our trolley service we wouldn’t be able to serve more than two drinks on a flight… it’s a safety issue."

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