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Flyers Restricted to 3-Drink Limit as European Airlines Crack Down on In-Flight Unruliness

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European airlines are experimenting with drink limits on flights in order to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents

With the number of in-flight alcohol-related incidents on the rise, some European airlines are working out plans to keep thirsty passengers from disturbing flights. USA Today reports SAS is among the growing number of carriers instituting rules that will limit the number of drinks passengers can receive onboard, restricting each passenger to three drinks.

According to Norway’s The Local, SAS’s rule was created to prevent flyers from consuming too much alcohol while flying over European skies. The Scandinavian carrier did not specify if the new policy would extend to intercontinental flights as well.

“Drinking can be a problem for security and we also want to make sure that all our other passengers are having a good time and not being disturbed by others,” said Malin Selander, head of media relations for SAS. “These are not hard and fast rules, but guidelines that cabin crew can lean on so that if passengers appear to be getting too drunk they can be asked to stop drinking.”

The move comes on the heels of several alcohol-related incidents in Europe, including one involving an unruly passenger who consumed “illicit” alcohol, and a separate incident involving six passengers who brought their own alcohol onboard, smoked in the lavatories and touched flight attendants. Both incidents resulted in flight diversions and permenant bans for those involved.

Airlines’ respective new policies on alcohol are partially in response to a call from IATA to reduce the number of emergencies it causes. The trade group claims over 20,000 incidents involving poorly behaving flyers were reported by airlines between 2010 and 2013.

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msimons June 9, 2015

Agree. A 3 drink limit regardless of trip length ? We're missing alot of details here or this is very poorly thought out. What's the purpose of a long upper class flight unless you get to sample some of the finer items ? Bet the middle eastern airlines don't follow this garbage, and get more customers.

gum June 8, 2015

The comment of TEEVEE is realy great. It sheds light on the actual developments which are shredding the freedom: "typical euro response: a few incidents, wherein nothing untoward really happened and the whole world has to pay." Can only make a tiny amendment: It's not the typical "euro" response but the response of an unnecessary administration trying to develop themselvers into the category of a state. Clearly spoken: The administration of the "European Union" steadily works on being a state on it's own and cash in as much regulation of the former member states as it can. You can see this at the ongoing G7 summit in Elmau, Germany: There the "European Union" has a place on the conference table although it is not a country yet.

aristotled June 7, 2015

This is a ridiculous knee jerk reaction. Everyone saw how the badly behaving passengers were punished. That was a severe punishment! But they deserved it. It was enough to publish what the punishments were and that would certainly prevent most people from doing similar things. They'd better be careful or they're going to have a lot of empty seats. Like AADFW said, a few losers ruin it for everyone. I just hope that more airlines don't cave and follow suit. If they do then I'm packing my own in my carry on and there are ways to easily do this and not arouse suspicion.

DrunkCargo June 7, 2015


Jane42 June 7, 2015

And how would that have helped with the group that brought their own alcohol??