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No More Day Drinking at Airports in England and Wales?

The United Kingdom’s Home Office has said that it’s now publicly gathering information on whether enforcing stricter licensing laws at airports within England and Wales will help to curb alcohol-fueled disruptive behavior. Under present rules, the sale of alcohol at these airports is not regulated.

Following an increase in alcohol-fueled disruptive behaviorThe Guardian reports that the United Kingdom’s Home Office is poised to take a closer look at the nation’s current licensing laws as currently applied to airports in England and Wales.

It is thought that this review might halt morning drinking in airport venues. The outlet reports that “Airlines have been calling for a crackdown on alcohol sales before flights following a spike in arrests for drunken behavior, claiming they are saddled with the consequences of intoxicated passengers.”

In a statement released on Thursday, the Home Office explained that it is now publicly gathering information on whether enforcing stricter licensing laws at airports across England and Wales could stem the flow of disruptive incidents.

“Currently, sales of alcohol by pubs, bars, restaurants, lounges and shops located beyond the security gates at international airports in England and Wales are not regulated by licensing laws. This means that rules intended to stop sales to drunk individuals or prevent irresponsible promotions do not apply to them,” explained the Home Office.

Voicing her support for the review, Victoria Atkins, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, said, “Air travel often marks the start of an exciting holiday abroad and airports are places to eat, drink and shop as we wait to board our flights. Most UK air passengers behave responsibly when flying, but any disruptive or drunk behavior is entirely unacceptable.”

“This government is committed to ensuring that the traveling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable. This is an excellent opportunity for all interested parties to engage directly with us, inform our understanding of the problem and identify suitable solutions,” she added.

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AuntieMame January 3, 2019

Soooooo. Once again, the majority pays the price for the few numb-skulls.

glob99 November 5, 2018

I guess the airlines want to increase onboard alcohol sales. :)

FlyingNone November 4, 2018

Removal of liquor establishments in airports ?......who knows if that will happen. Nevertheless, people will always find a way to get the party started before they get to an airport or on the way.

indiekiduk November 2, 2018

Stricter laws on UK airports closing forecourts to cars is needed. £10 to pick-up drop-off at Edin is ridiculous when it's free in USA.