Published on : Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Nearly three quarters of respondents to take part in research conducted by World Travel Market said such a measure was a positive move to curb “air rage”, while more than a quarter of the 1,000 surveyed said they had experienced a disruptive passenger on a flight.
According to the data from International Air Transport Association, alcohol or drug intoxication was a factor in 23 per cent of the 10,854-plus “air rage” incidents worldwide last year.
Aviation law forbids anyone being drunk on an aircraft, and airlines have a right to refuse to carry passengers that they consider to be a potential risk to the safety of the aircraft.
Jet2 has refused travel for more than 500 passengers since 2015 due to bad behaviour; over 50 of these have been given lifetime bans.
Phil Ward, the managing director of Jet2, said the airline urged airports and retailers to follow its lead and “adopt the same sensible approach” and introduce “tamper-proof bags for the sale of alcohol at duty-free shops”.
Ryanair, meanwhile, has banned passengers to Ibiza from bringing any alcohol into the aircraft cabin, because so many were swigging their own supplies on flights to the island.