Alcohol has long presented a problem for cabin crews on aircraft. It seems that the time has now come for the government to step in and take action reports the Daily Mail.

In the wake of the growing number of ‘Disruptive Passenger’ incident a number of UK airlines have written to government expressing about the problem of drunkenness. Only last week one passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew after she left her seat and tried to open the door on the British Airways flight between London and the US.

At Gatwick alone there were 118 drunken incidents between June and September this year. As a result of which 26 people were arrested and a total of 80 people were prevented from boarding. 

Jet2 is an example of one airline that has already started taking action by banning some troublesome passengers for life. The problem is however there is no formal agreement between airlines as to how to manage such bans. 

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill has highlighted the challenge faced by government. He said, “We know that for a proportion of passengers, their holiday begins in the airport bar, whether they arrive at the airport at 7 in the evening or 7 in the morning.”

Mr Goodwill continued, “For some passengers, a delayed flight means that the first drink of the holiday quickly becomes the first three, four or five drinks, and in at least one airport today, passengers are able to pull their own pints at their table. We don’t want to stop passengers enjoying themselves or prevent people from flying. But we do want people to put a break on before things get out of hand'.

New measures being proposed could include limiting the number of drinks at airport bars and giving gate staff greater responsibility for identifying intoxicated passengers prior to boarding.  

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