Airport bars could face hours limits to curb flight rage
Airports are currently exempt from legislation governing when they can sell alcohol.
In 2017, a House of Lords report found disruptive incidents on flights “more often than not” involved passengers who had had alcohol before boarding.
A BBC investigation also found a 50% increase in arrests of drunken flyers.
The Home Office says passengers should be able to enjoy their holidays without having their flight disrupted by “a small minority of people”.
It is expected to begin assessing the impact of implementing the Licensing Act 2003 on airside premises – as recommended in a Lords committee report – in a few weeks.
Airport pubs and bars can currently sell alcohol at any time of the day.
If introduced, the act would give councils the power to restrict the timing of alcohol sales and bring the rules governing airport bars in line with the UK high street.
It would also give them the ability to close down bars that breached the limits.
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