Wednesday 22 May 2019

Ryanair wants two-drink limit for airline passengers

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs
Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs

Henry Vaughan

Ryanair is calling on UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit after it was revealed the number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour there increased by 50pc in the last year.

The budget airline has already banned customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on flights, and stopped people flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing it on board the aircraft at all.

The Irish company is now urging airports to ban the sale of alcohol before 10am and to limit the number of drinks per boarding pass to a maximum of two.

"This is an issue which the airports must now address, and we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed," said Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs.

The call comes after figures obtained by the BBC's 'Panorama' from 18 out of 20 police forces with a major UK airport on their patch revealed a surge in arrests for drunken behaviour on flights or at UK airports.

There was a total of 387 in the year to February 2017, up from 255 in the period from February 2015 to 2016, according to the statistics.

Ally Murphy, a former Virgin Airlines cabin crew manager, told 'Panorama': "People just see us as barmaids in the sky.

"I was pulled into an upper-class bed by a passenger who was feeling particularly lucky, I guess.

"They would touch your breasts, or they'd touch your bum or your legs, or I mean I've had hands going up my skirt before.

"It's rage-inducing, and you shouldn't have to deal with that.

"I guess I never reported it to the police because sadly, and this is completely wrong and only really occurring to me now, you kind of just accept it as part of the job. And it shouldn't be."

Another cabin crew member, who was unnamed in the programme, said that airline workers had found "countless" litre bottles of vodka.

They felt that Alicante, Ibiza and Palma were among the worst routes.

Irish Independent

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