24th Oct, 2016

Budget airline bans all alcohol on flights before 8am to clampdown on rowdy passengers

Aisling Kiely 8th Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

BUDGET AIRLINE Jet2 has banned alcohol on all flights before 8am in an attempt to clampdown on alcohol-fueled and disruptive behaviour from today.

Millions of holiday-makers pass through Birmingham Airport ever year and make use of the handful of bars and duty-free shop in the departure lounge before taking flight.

But the amount of passengers causing chaos after consuming excessive units of alcohol is starting to become a growing problem – with Jet2 refusing more than 500 passengers in the past year.

Managing director of Jet2, Phil Ward said: “We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 8am on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey.

“We are taking positive action to allow millions of customers and families who fly with us to travel with confidence and have a great experience.”

As part of the clampdown, the airline are also calling for Birmingham Airport to get on-board with the campaign and put in measures, such as sealed bags, to ban drinking alcohol before flights.

A spokesperson for Birmingham Airport said: “We offer passengers a range of facilities to enjoy before they fly, and operate our bars and restaurants in a professional manner to eliminate issues prior to them arising.

“We strive to give passengers a consistently safe and enjoyable experience when flying, and to provide a safe and pleasant work environment for all.

“We therefore have no current plans to ban alcohol at certain times of the day.”