With air rage on the rise, is the increase of inflight violence cause for banning alcohol?
Air rage and violence onboard airplanes seems to be happening more frequently, prompting airlines to consider banning inflight alcohol service.
Recently, a Ryanair flight from Newcastle, England, was about to land in Spain when passengers came to blows.
One passenger claimed that a woman “had been rude to a few people on the flight and I think she was mortal drunk”.
As you can vaguely see in the video, a man argues with a woman before another woman seems to hit her from behind.
No one is quite sure what happened, but one thing is for sure, the conduct of these passengers is appalling.
A spokesperson from Ryanair said: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.
“This passenger has been banned from flying with Ryanair and this is now a matter for local police.
“This is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am.
“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”
Another passenger on a Hawaiian Airlines flight was recently found guilty of interfering with flight crew, after his threatening and disruptive behaviour forced a flight to New York to return to Honolulu.
The man had reportedly been drinking before the flight, tried ordering more onboard and had even drank some that he brought aboard the plane.
A US judge ruled that the man must now repay Hawaiian Airlines A$123,000 for the cost of turning the plane around. This included the cost of fuel, maintenance and ground crew, and the amount required to find passengers new flights.
The money he will repay does not include the A$74,000 in meal vouchers given to delayed passengers who were waiting for the plane in New York.
These incidents are typical of a number of similar inflight disruptions in recent years. While this behaviour may lead to inflight alcohol being banned, it won’t stop passengers already drunk from boarding.
If only drinking on a plane was this much fun ...
Do you think alcohol should be banned on flights? If not, what do you propose as a way to limit air rage caused by alcohol?
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