Airlines consider alcohol crackdown on flights

Airlines are looking at a crackdown on drinking with tighter limits being considered for alcohol servings by cabin crews during flights, as well as a ban on allowing passengers under the influence onto planes in future.

Pints of Czech beer. Image by Rob Sinclair.

Drinking at airports may have repercussions for passengers later planning  to board flights under the influence of alcohol. Image by Rob Sinclair. CC BY 2.0

Carriers, worried by increased of air rage incidents on flights, also want to blacklist offenders from their flights.

University study shows that cabin crew and other frequent flyers could be more prone to skin cancer. Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0

Cabin crews could also have to keep a count on the number of drinks they serve to passengers, particularly those who may become violent. Image by Christopher Doyle / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Daily Mirror reports that the trend of getting drunk at airports could in future see passengers being barred from boarding in an attempt to lower the number instances of alcohol-fuelled violence on flights.

Ministers in the UK government are reviewing tighter restriction because of the increased cases of mid-flight disruptions – which in a number of cases, has forced air personnel to decide on emergency landings. They are following on the heels of a number of international carriers, some of whom have resorted to restraining unruly air travellers with seatbelts and tape adhesive.

A staggering 156 cases of air rage has been logged with the Civil Aviation Authority by UK airlines so far in 2015. This is almost double the rate of complaints two years ago and is also well up on 2014 when 114 cases were reported.

Also being considered under the new crackdown are checks at gates to identify possible rowdy passengers.

Personnel operating the gate controls, could work hand in hand with ground staff at bars who could report their concerns over passengers who have drunk too much.

There will also be extra vigilance against fliers who try to bring their own alcohol on board.

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