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Pre-flight drinks at Exeter Airport could soon be banned in government crackdown

January 11, 2018 9:15 PM
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Pre-flight drinks at Exeter Airport could soon be banned in government crackdown

An early morning pint before jetting off on holiday could soon be a thing of the past...

A pre-flight drink at the airport is often seen as part of the fun of going on holiday, but that could all soon be about to change.

Airports bars often start to fill from as early as 5am most days, but the Home Office could be about to clamp down on early morning airport drinking.

Currently, there's a loophole which allows airport pubs and bars to sell alcohol outside of the usual licencing laws.

Under the current Licensing Act of 2003, regular alcohol restrictions, such as no alcohol before 9am, don't apply at airports.

But earlier this year, a review by the House of Lords looked at ending 24-hour drinking in airports.

Now the Home Office intends to issue a ‘call for evidence’ to ‘assess the impact of implementing the Licensing Act on airside premises on reducing alcohol related disorder’.

If supported by the evidence, the review could lead to the extension of the Licensing Act 2003 to cover alcohol being sold to passengers before they board flights which could give councils the power to license and inspect airport bars, as well as limit serving hours.

According to the Mirror , the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed that last year alone there was a 50% rise in the amount of passengers who had to be forcibly contained for bad behaviour.

Airlines such as Jet2.com have already been calling for a ban on early morning drinking, previously revealing that the "number of incidents where the passenger fails to respect the rules of conduct at an airport or on board an aircraft have risen significantly".

A Home Office spokesman said: “Hundreds of millions of passengers travel through the UK’s airports and they should be able to enjoy their holidays without having their flight disrupted by a small minority of people.

“There are already tough penalties in place for drunkenness on an aircraft – you can be imprisoned for up to two years or given an unlimited fine. Pilots also have the power to issue the removal passengers from the plane if they are drunk and the safety of the aircraft or its passengers is threatened.”

Source: devonlive.com

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