A quiet enough drink at Palma airport. However, it's when people have had rather too much ...

22-07-2011S. Amengual

The Balearic parliament’s tourism committee today unanimously approved a motion by Més to urge the national government to work with the UK authorities in putting a stop to incidents of drunken behaviour on planes and in airports. It also called on the national and regional governments to promote codes of best practice for responsible alcohol consumption.

This summer, Jet2.com further bolstered its commitment to tackling disruptive and abusive behaviour by banning the sale of alcohol on-board before 08:00 on all its morning flights. The ground-breaking move was introduced from 8 August across all its bases.

Jet2.com is calling for airports and retailers to follow its lead to trade responsibly and similarly ban alcohol sales before eight in the morning.

The airline also encourages industry partners to support the call for fully sealed bags for alcohol purchased in airports to prohibit the illegal consumption of personal alcohol before and during flights.

Phil Ward, managing director of Jet2.com says: "We have decided to take positive action to allow the millions of customers and families who fly with us to travel with confidence and have a great experience with Jet2.com. We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 08:00 BST on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey.

"We understand that we’re the first of the European airlines to take this bold step and call upon industry partners in airports to also trade responsibly."

The announcement further supports the airline's Onboard Together campaign which aims to reduce incidences of disruptive behaviour on its flights. The initiative has seen more than 500 passengers refused travel with over 50 of these given lifetime bans since it was launched in 2015.

Following the release of comments by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the airline has also written to the Minister for Transport and will continue to actively consult with government bodies and MPs to further engage with them about this issue.

At least 442 people were held between March 2014 and March 2016 on suspicion of being drunk on a plane.


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daver / Hace over 5 years

We usually fly jet2 as we enjoy the early flight times. I usually have a glass of wine or 2 onboard. I class this as the start of my holiday after the stress at the airport security etc. However. I have never had a drink in the airport itself. You see it all the time, people throwing as much alcohol down their necks as possible before a flight and mixing it with duty free onboard. A recipe for disaster.


Di / Hace over 5 years

Absolutely no alcohol to be sold on planes and no bars in airports. And I do like a drink, but in the right place at the right time.


Lawrie / Hace over 5 years

So everybody is sober on jet2 planes before 8am! The rest of the day they are all pissed. They only start flying around 6 or 7 so we are only talking a few flights. As I have said on this site before there is a lot more drink consumed later in the day. Jet2 are at it here trying to take the moral high ground. If they are so determined to eradicate drunkenness on their aircraft why dont they ban it completely...........thought not!


Ron Burgundy / Hace over 5 years

I would like to wholly endorse these shentiments. Hic.

Itshhh about time that shomebody (hic) took shome acshoon. HIc.


Andy Rawson / Hace over 5 years

The problem is the bar bars at the airports. You get a late flight and frustrated passengers can have 3 to 4 hours to drink. Then they ground crew shove them on the planes without a thought for the air crew. Too late by the time they are in the skies. They are already 'flying'.