Drunk air passengers may soon face on-the-spot fines 2 years ago

Drunk air passengers may soon face on-the-spot fines

The move is part of an attempt to crack down against air rage.

Inebriated passengers could soon be hit with on-the-spot fines for causing trouble on planes.

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The British government is currently considering a series of options to deter abusive and violent travellers on flights and ultimately crackdown on air rage.

The new move could see instant penalties of up to hundreds of pounds doled out to disorderly passengers.

According to The Times UK, the suggestions come after the publication of figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show that 417 flights were endangered by abusive and violent travellers last year — more than double the total five years ago.

A new aviation strategy published by the British Department for Transport suggested that all alcohol bought from duty free shops could be placed in sealed bags so that passengers cannot drink it on the plane.

In a statement released to JOE, a Ryanair spokesperson confirmed that preventative measures have been put in place.

"Ryanair does not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

"We have called for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am. It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights."

Back in January of this year, a Ryanair pilot was forced to make an unexpected stop to the port city of Santander on a routine trip from Alicante to Dublin when a pair of passengers allegedly became “aggressive” at 35,000 feet above sea level.

Witnesses claimed they had been drinking a lot at Alicante airport.

Both Aer Lingus and the Irish Department for Transport have been contacted and we are awaiting reply.