« Back Statement: Call for Evidence on Licensing Airside

01st November 2018 • Posted in Community, Announcements

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Phil Ward, Managing Director of said:

“The issue of disruptive passenger behaviour caused by drinking too much alcohol is an unacceptable issue which continues to affect airports, airlines, our crew and our customers.

“Although our crew and colleagues are highly-trained and do a fantastic job in sometimes difficult circumstances, it is unfair and unrealistic to expect them to be left to manage the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, which range from abusive behaviour through to actual physical violence. At the same time, our customers travelling on their well-earned holidays should not be subjected to such behaviour on these occasions.

“We continue to support our industry-leading Onboard Together campaign to tackle the issue, which we launched in 2015. All industry data shows that incidents of disruptive behaviour caused by excessive drinking show no sign of reducing, endorsing our position that this is a continuing issue. The figures show that the time to put rigorous measures in place is long overdue.

“There is no reason why alcohol sold in airports should not be done to the same rules and standards that apply on the high street, and the introduction of sealed bags for alcohol items purchased in Duty Free provides a simple practical solution to prevent the illicit consumption of duty free alcohol on board the aircraft.

“The majority of people get into the holiday spirit without overdoing it, but a minority can unfortunately spoil it for everyone else, which is why we want to protect everybody from the problems that alcohol-related disruptive behaviour causes.

“ welcomes today’s announcement, and as a family friendly airline flying millions of people on holiday every year, we look forward to working with Government and our partners across the industry to ensure that our crew and customers can fly in a safe, trouble-free environment.”

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