Dear Sir,

In response to your call for airlines to ban alcohol, to curb bad behaviour on flights. May I suggest the excessive drinking takes place in the airport lounge, so travellers are loaded with drink before they board. The over-worked onboard staff then have to deal with the rowdy behaviour in a very crowded and restricted environment.

Passengers have around two hours to drink while they wait for their flight. Having just parked the car, the holiday starts after airport security and those who love a good drink, start as they mean to go on. The drunken behaviour then develops as the alcohol is absorbed, something that happens quicker at high altitudes.

In my experience the flight is well under way before I can get my hands on the smallest of beers at the highest of prices. So it may be duty free but it is still the most expensive alcohol you can buy. So do not blame the airlines, blame the airport bars. They have no incentive to limit the sale of alcohol because they know that annoying customer will be leaving as soon as their flight’s last call is made.


Andrew Rawson

Dear Sir,

I would like to point out that there is already a complete and established set of regulations that apply to this perfectly legal activity. The problem is that there is no enforcement by the various authorities to weed out those that are not complying with them. The rest of the article was once again slanted and tailored to appease hotel proprietors for reasons best known to themselves.

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Palma nova


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