Budget airline Ryanair has called on airports to limit passengers to just two alcoholic drinks each following a surge in booze-related bad behaviour. I know that most Ryanair customers might get wasted beyond belief, but that doesn’t mean they should ruin it for the rest of us.
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To be fair, there has been a 600% increase in on-flight disruption between 2012 and 2016 and most of these incidents involved booze. And Ryanair have claimed that it’s unfair that airports benefit from the sale of cheap alcohol, while they’re often left cleaning up the mess – this couple are a prime example of what the airline has to deal with.
The airline has already taken steps to prevent drunken behaviour by banning duty-free alcohol from being consumed on its planes. But these measures have not been enough and now Ryanair’s proposing a complete ban on alcohol sales before 10am and a two-drink maximum per person on the number of drinks sold in bars and restaurants. Lame.
According to BBC show Panorama, there were 387 arrests between February 2016 and February 2017, prompting the Home Office to also consider formal controls on alcohol consumption. The United Kingdom Flight Safety Committee wrote:
Aggressive and threatening behaviour has unfortunately become more common in our society.
The problem of unruly passengers is constantly increasing within the airline industry.
Although unruly passengers represent only a minute proportion of our passengers as a whole, we must never forget that one aggressive passenger can jeopardise safety on board.
Unruly passengers affect all personnel involved in the process connected with a flight. Passengers who demonstrate behaviour of this kind are unacceptable.
This is true, but as said I don’t think it’s fair that everyone should be punished as a result of a select few passengers who can’t handle their drink. Coming from someone who 1) loves their booze and 2) is terrified of flying, I don’t know if I could make it through a long haul flight without a steady flow of mini gin and tonics and bottles of wine. Fingers crossed these strict new measures don’t come into effect any time soon.
If they do, Ryanair are only going to be confronted with more situations like this one. And no one wants that.