Airports, airlines and tour operators have teamed up to call with one voice for a clampdown on excessive pre-flight drinking
Airports, airlines and tour operators welcome the new government-backed “One Too Many” campaign, designed to curb excess pre-flight alcohol consumption.
Some 10 UK airports debuted the campaign branding across their terminals last week, while Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has lent its support to the initiative.
The UK Travel Retail Forum, Airports Operators Association, International Air Transport Association and Airlines UK have also signed up.
Jet2, in particular, has long supported calls to curb overconsumption of alcohol at airports, which it says has too often led to disruptive behaviour in the air.
Ryanair is another leading airline that has previously called for pre-flight alcohol limits at airports, complaining drunken behaviour was being foisted on airlines.
Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol, East Midlands, Southampton and Aberdeen airports launched One Too Many on Saturday (July 28) ahead of what was forecast to be the busiest weekend at Britain’s air hubs.
The government has previously said it may step in to restrict pre-flight alcohol at airports. Ryanair has called for a drinks limit to be attached to passengers’ boarding cards.
Punishments include being denied boarding, fines, arrest and even imprisonment, as well as airline bans.
Jet2.com renewed its call for greater regulation of pre-flight alcohol sales after it was forced to divert a Birmingham-Ibiza flight last month due to a rowdy stag party. It has supported similar initiatives to that proposed by Ryanair in the past.
Phil Ward, Jet2.com managing director, said: “The issue of disruptive passenger behaviour caused by drinking too much alcohol affects many airlines.
“Although our crew and colleagues are highly-trained and do a fantastic job in often difficult circumstances, it is unacceptable they must be left to manage the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. At the same time, customers travelling on well-earned holidays should not be subjected to this behaviour.
“We launched our Onboard Together campaign to tackle the issue in 2015, but incidents of disruptive passenger behaviour caused by drinking to excess show no sign of reducing.
“We welcome this new initiative to tackle the problem, however the time for taking action to tackle the problem is long overdue.”
Ward said the airline though was seeking “industry-wide” action on the issue. Ideas include sealed backs preventing illicit consumption of duty free alcohol and more stringent alcohol licensing regimes at airports.
“As a family friendly airline flying millions of people on holiday every year, we take a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passenger behaviour and we will always support measures that ensure safe, disruption-free travel for our crew and customers,” Ward added.