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