You might not be able to drink at the airport before you fly soon

Written by on 18th January 2018

You might not be able to drink at the airport before you fly soon

Those trips to Ibiza where the party starts before you’ve even left the airport could be in danger.

Airport bars currently have 24-hour alcohol licenses, which allow passengers to pass their pre-boarding time in the boozer. The new regulations would mean bars are only allowed to serve alcohol during regulated drinking hours.

The proposed regulations are in response to a rise in dangerous incidents taking place at airports and during flights. According to a BBC investigation there has been a 50 per cent increase of intoxicated passenger arrests at airports.

The Home Office has said that passengers who are arrested due to drunken disorderly behaviour could face penalty fines or even a two-year prison sentence.

Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said: “All the evidence does show that this is a problem that is only getting worse.

“The number of incidents of poor behaviour on board flights is increasing year on year and we need to work together to get a handle on it as soon as possible.”

 


Reader's opinions
  1. Danny   On   12th February 2018 at 9:46 pm

    The thing is, 24 hour drinking laws mean they’ll be able to apply for licences to serve alcohol 24 hours just like the premises before security, which already have to apply for a licence to sell alcohol and many are licensed 24/7. The 24 Hour Alcohol website https://www.24houralcohol.co.uk shows locations of all off licences and delivery services with 24 hour booze licences in the UK and there are loads of landside shops at airports allowed to sell alcohol any time so I’m sure the airside premises will be given permission to sell alcohol 24 hours, so travellers will still be able to have a beer or two before their flight.

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