The Irish airline Ryanair has called for all UK airports to limit preflight alcohol sales, especially during flight delays.
The airline, which flies throughout Europe, wants all UK airports to limit customers to two drinks before boarding flights and prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to passengers before 10 a.m. local time.
"Given that all our flights are short-haul, very little alcohol is actually sold on board, so it’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights," Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs told Time in a statement.
The airline has already banned customers from carrying duty-free alcohol aboard flights from Glasgow, Manchester, and Ibiza.
The announcement comes after a BBC report that arrests of drunken passengers had risen 50 percent in a year. A total of 387 people were arrested in UK airports between February 2016 and February 2017, up from 255 the previous year, according to the report.
Some are poking fun at the alcohol ban.
Heavy doses of alcohol is one of the only ways to get through a Ryanair flight— Brent J. Beaver (@BrentJBeaver) August 15, 2017
Good to see @Ryanair suggesting banning alcohol at airports so then can sell more on their planes— Alan Hinnrichs (@AlanHinnrichs) August 14, 2017
Others think Ryanair has the right idea.
RyanAir asked for limiting alcohol given to passengers at British airports before a flight to max 2 and no sales before 10am. Wise move!— Lutfu (@Lutkit) August 15, 2017