Minister to review UK airport alcohol sales

29th July, 2016 by Annie Hayes

A crackdown on the sale of alcohol at British airports is being considered by aviation minister Tariq Ahmad, who said he does not want to “kill merriment”.


At present bars and restaurants in airports can sell alcohol at any time of the day or night

Following a spate of incidents involving drunk passengers, the newly-appointed minister has announced his intention to examine the way alcohol is sold in airports.

Currently bars and restaurants in airports can sell alcohol at any time of the day or night as they are not subject to normal licensing restrictions.

Lord Ahmad told the BBC: “If you’re a young family travelling on a plane you want to go from point A to B, you don’t want to be disrupted.

“I don’t think we want to kill merriment altogether, but I think it’s important that passengers who board planes are also responsible and have a responsibility to other passengers, and that certainly should be the factor which we bear in mind.”

“In terms of specific regulations of timings of outlets [which sell alcohol] and how they operate, clearly I want to have a look at that.”

Reports reveal the minister also plans to review measures that prevent drunk passengers from boarding flights.

“I think that it’s important for the safety and security of all passengers that we ensure that regime is actually fit for purpose,” he added.



One Response to “Minister to review UK airport alcohol sales”

  1. As usual the majority will be punished for the stupidity of the minority. As a regular business flier I have rarely experienced a problem apart from “holiday” flights where people have no control. Surely it is the responsibility of the people selling the alcohol to police this and to refuse to serve people who are obviously drunk. One of the problems is people drinking their duty free both in the terminal and on board flights which I once experienced on a flight to Singapore. It resulted in the people being warned that we would actually make an emergency landing to get them off the plane and resulted in them being arrested when we landed in Singapore.
    We need to apply some common sense to this problem and apply the laws that are actually in place but are rarely used. We risk going further down the road of Big Brother watching and the Nanny State.

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