Is it time to ban drinking on Ibiza flights?

Is it time to ban drinking on Ibiza flights?

Alcohol on Ibiza flights

In the last few weeks, we have all seen the headlines about unruly behaviour onboard aircraft even flights being diverted so is it time to ban drinking on Ibiza flights? or because of the irresponsible few limit or ban drinking in airports all together?

This problem is nothing new and doesn’t just apply to Ibiza flights several other well known holiday destinations have had disruptive passengers over recent years but the common denominator does seem to be alcohol.

Over the last 3 weeks these incidents have all been reported widely across the news.

1st June Bristol to Prague Easyjet never took off due to a disruptive group of passengers.

8th June Belfast to Ibiza Jet2 diverted to Toulouse due to a disruptive passenger.

16th June Dublin to Ibiza Ryanair diverted to Paris due to 20 drunk passengers.

22nd June Birmingham to Ibiza Jet2 diverted to Toulouse due to 15 drunk passengers.

For those that are not aware bars in UK airports are not licensed the same as high street pubs and can serve alcohol 24 hours a day so no matter what time your flight is if you wish you can buy a drink or two or more.

Recent headlines about disruptive flights to Ibiza due to alcohol

Recent headlines about disruptive flights to Ibiza due to alcohol

Added to this duty free is also allowed to sell alcohol 24 hours a day and there is very little stopping people opening that bottle of vodka whilst waiting to board, most of us follow the rule to arrive 2 hrs before a flight and end up with time to waste inside departures so grabbing pre holiday drink is fairly natural, however some take it to excess.

Several airlines are now calling for a ban on alcohol sales in airports before 10am with Ryanair and Easyjet trying to stop passengers from consuming duty free alcohol once they are on board.

Ryanair are taking steps to reduce duty free alcohol consumed onboard

Ryanair are taking steps to reduce duty free alcohol consumed onboard

Some flights are also being run as dry flights to try and curb the growing problem although this we have seen in the past can cause more problems as people who want a drink get rather annoyed that they are on a dry flight.

We have written about this subject here before and yet still the problems continue several years later and what will it take for the airlines, the airports and the authorities to all come together and change how alcohol is served prior and on board flights from the uk we wonder.

The saddest part of all this 99% of people travelling to Ibiza and elsewhere are well behaved, drink sensibly and cause no problems at all, it’s the 1% yet again who are ruining it for everyone by taking it to excess.

The 99% have to put up with flight diversions, dry flights, abusive passengers, drunk passengers even being thrown up on, parents having to shield their children from unruly passengers, surely this has to stop before something more serious happens in the skies above us.

So what is the solution, no alcohol sales before 10am? no alcohol sales at the airport full stop? Is it time to ban drinking on Ibiza flights? Breathalysers at the departure gate?

Or something more measured like a 2 drink limit per person by scanning your boarding pass or a ban on shots (Glasgow Airport has already done this) and / or spirits.

We would love to know your thoughts on this subject so please leave a comment below, have you experienced drunken behaviour on a flight or what would you do to limit the current and seemingly growing problems?

One comment

  • You are right. It is the selfish few that create the mayhem. They are a danger to fellow passengers, airside staff, air crew, and themselves. I tend to get the earliest flight on any outbound (UK) journey and it never ceases to amaze me how full the airport bars are even at six in the morning. Like a drink myself, but any travel of reasonable distance can have it’s problems, from delays to lost luggage or possessions, all of which are going to more easily dealt with when sober. Limiting numbers of drinks ‘on flight’ is reasonable enough, although it would put additional pressure on cabin crew in refusing those trying to exceed any limits. Simplest solution would be a ban on alcohol consumption two hours before any flight. Filled with difficulties including airport economics, but unless this type of debate doesn’t come to the fore, nobody is going to reconsider their patterns of behaviour.

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