Ryanair is calling on UK airports to enforce a two-drink limit after it was revealed the number of passengers arrested for drunken behaviour at UK airports increased 50 per cent in the last year.
The airline has already banned customers from drinking duty-free alcohol on flights, and stopped people flying from Glasgow Prestwick and Manchester to Alicante and Ibiza from bringing it on board the aircraft at all. A total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017 - up from 255 the previous year.
The budget carrier says the problem passengers are those who “preload” in the departure lounge rather than those who drink once onboard flights, in response to BBC Panorama investigation into the issue that aired on Monday.
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reveal that there was a 600 per cent increase in disruptive incidents recorded on planes between 2012 and 2016, while figures obtained by Panorama showed that there has been a 50 per cent surge in the number of alcohol-related arrests made at airports in the last 12 months.
Ryanair’s marketing manager Kenny Jacobs, said that he thought it was “completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences".
He said: "This is a particular problem during flight delays when airports apply no limit to the sale of alcohol in airside bars and restaurants. This is an issue which the airports must now address and we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed."
Ryanair claimed that very little alcohol was sold on its flights as they are all short-haul, suggesting passengers were getting drunk in airports.