Two Irish airlines are calling for a stronger stand on alcohol service pre-flight. A diverted Ryanair flight has the carrier demanding alcohol not be served in airports before 10 AM with strict limits after, while Aer Lingus says they will no longer board anyone who is visibly drunk.
Aer Lingus and Ryanair want to send a message to European flyers: Don’t drink and fly. DublinLive reports the two airlines are demanding tighter controls on beverage service prior to boarding.
After a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Ibiza was diverted prior to arrival on Saturday, June 16, 2018, executives for the carrier once again demanded changes to alcohol service. The proposed changes includes asking airports to stop serving drinks before 10 AM local time and limiting flyers to two drinks.
“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates” a Ryanair spokesperson told DublinLive. “Rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”
Aer Lingus is taking a stronger stand on passengers who decide to drink before their next adventure. In a statement to the news website, the IAG subsidiary said they do not let drunk passengers board their aircraft. And if a flyer becomes disruptive or tries to break into duty free alcohol, they can be banned from flying aboard the airline in the future.
“All of our crew have been advised on the controlled sale of alcohol inflight,” an Aer Lingus spokesperson told DublinLive. “Should a guest become disruptive inflight, they may be denied future travel on the airline.”
The calls for change come as more flights are disrupted due to inebriated flyers, with some groups answering in a big way. At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), employees receive special training on identifying drunk passengers, while Canadian prosecutors sought over $13,000 in fines against a drunk passenger who caused a flight diversion.