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The IAA: Maybe No One Should Be Allowed to Drink on Ryanair Anymore

The IAA: Maybe No One Should Be Allowed to Drink on Ryanair Anymore
Taylor Rains

Due to the growing concern of unruly, belligerent passengers on aircraft; liquor, wine, and beer may soon be leaving airline menus.

In response to a new campaign focused on raising awareness on the connection between alcohol and “air rage”, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has begun talk on banning the sale of alcohol on all aircraft. The campaign, which the IAA joined this year, is called “Not On My Flight” and was started as a joint venture between Ryanair, Aer Lingus, and the Commission for Aviation Regulation. The movement came after the number of air rage incidents increased by a third across European carriers from 2017-2018. Ryanair officially leads the pack in both incidents of violence and alcohol consumption.

Air rage is a major concern for airlines and can pose a safety risk to the flight, other passengers, and the cabin crew if drunk passengers become uncontrollable or physically aggressive. The IAA stated that at least once a month, an aircraft will have an emergency landing due to an unruly passenger. Furthermore, they explained that data collected by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency revealed that every three hours in EU airspace, an aircraft experiences disruptive conduct from a passenger. One notable instance of rowdy behavior occurred on a flight from Dublin to Malta in which over 100 passengers became drunk and began blasting music, dancing up and down the aisles, and disrespecting the cabin crew with foul language and shouting.

Paul Brandon, IAA’s head of corporate affairs, explained that the idea “is absolutely on the table, but our preference is to focus on the awareness of the risk if they disrupt a flight.” For now, he hopes the campaign will educate passengers on the effects of alcohol at high altitudes and the consequences should they act out, become disruptive, or fail to cooperate with the flight attendants during their flight. The ban has not been implemented yet, but as they monitor the concern and look towards the future, the agency will evaluate “the need for further action” as appropriate.

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  1. The_Bouncer

    October 3, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Saw this one coming. As usual, a few idiots ruin it for everyone.

  2. mvoight

    October 3, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Rather than punish everyone by banning alcohol, how about severe punishments for those who cause problems.
    Word will get out quickly and maybe that will stop much of the behavior.

  3. steviebaby

    October 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    If you sell an air ticket for 50 euros, what quallity of passenger do you think you would generally attract?

  4. rickg523

    October 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Poor Brits are infamous worldwide for being ridiculously loud and often explosively violent drunks

  5. darthlemsip

    October 4, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Please don’t confuse the Irish with the British

  6. alexmyboy

    October 4, 2019 at 5:41 am

    but I thought Americans were awful?

  7. glob99

    October 4, 2019 at 7:29 am

    The ULCCs make too much money off of alcohol sales to ban it.

  8. sar7cee

    October 4, 2019 at 9:42 am

    The problem is that often the offenders have been drinking excessively before boarding and carry on a duty-free bottle to continue. In the UK it seems most trouble is on flights originating in Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.

  9. strickerj

    October 4, 2019 at 9:45 am

    No booze on an Irish airline? That’s like no smoking in Paris. ;)

  10. Frizzy

    October 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    With all the standardised safety information being (quite rightly) broadcast to passengers before each and every flight, what is stopping those airlines afflicted with monthly emergency landings from: a) providing an additional warning about disruptive behaviour; b) applying a limit on free and paid drinks served; and c) implementing a detention system that is compatible with the cabin constraints, so that emergency landings can be avoided.

  11. Frizzy

    October 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Many passengers who cause disruption of flights are afterwards released without charges. This is not lost on future travellers. In the same way that there are international rules covering smoking and tampering with smoke detectors, rules around disruptive behaviour specific to the in flight environment need to be passed AND enforced.

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