Lonely Planet Writer

Airline calls for new get-tough policy on drunken in-flight passengers

An alarming rise in the number of drunken and generally unruly passengers on airplanes has led to a call for a new get-tough policy with offenders.

Jet2  has initiated a crackdown with other carriers and industry partners on unruly and drunken behaviour on flights
Jet2 has initiated a crackdown with other carriers and industry partners on unruly and drunken behaviour on flights. Image by Mark Harkin / CC BY 2.0

Jet2 has become so concerned with the proliferation of such incidents that they want airlines to operate a banned passengers list in a bid to stamp out the problem.

The Daily Telegraph reports Jet2, Monarch and a number of other carriers have launched a crackdown with backing from British tour operators and several industry bodies.

They are all concerned at the deterioration in behaviour which is often fuelled by passengers consuming excessive levels of alcohol before boarding flights.

The managing director of Jet2.com, Phil Ward, said that in an industry that carries people mainly on holiday, the last thing they wanted was to have to deal with disruptive behaviour from rowdy travellers.

Problems facing cabin crew include abusive and racist remarks often delivered aggressively and at a noise level which causes unease for the rest of the passengers on board.

The loose alliance of airlines and travel bodies have begun putting together measures to deal with disruptive travellers under its “Onboard Together’ programme. This seeks to educate people about the effects of drinking too much alcohol at high altitude while at the same time outlining new get-tough policies that offenders will face.

This includes new powers to crew to issue warnings and in extreme cases to divert aircraft to the nearest airport so that the offending passengers can be off-leaded and dealt with.

A trump card in the fight is that in future disruptive travellers face a life-time ban from flying with a carrier.