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Government Deliberation May End Pre-flight Drinks at Bristol Airport

Deliberations have begun by the government on the possible ban of pre-flight drinks at airports.

A couple of days ago, the Home Office commenced a review to ‘call for evidence’ and ‘assess the impact of implementing the Licensing Act on airside premises on reducing alcohol related disorder’.

This is not be the first review in 2018 as the House of Lords had considered putting a restriction to the drinking hours at airports earlier in the year.

A number of incidents involving drunken passengers aboard may be pointers to why this recent review is necessary.

In 2017, a man was removed by the authorities from an air craft in Bristol airport. He was later charged to the Bristol Magistrates’ Court on account of drunkenness while on board.

The Mirror reported that in 2017, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recorded a 50% rise in the number of passengers that had to be forcibly contained for bad behaviour.

Jet2.com also revealed that “the number of incidents where the passenger fails to respect the rules of conduct at an airport or on board an aircraft has significantly risen”.

The restrictions of the Licensing Act of 2003 do not extend to airports such that the regular policy of no alcohol before 9am does not apply. Some airport bars sell alcohol from as early as 5am.

If the government finds enough evidence, the restrictions of the 2003 Licensing Act may be extended to airports to regulate the operating hours of alcohol sale points.

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