THE tradition of a pre-flight drink or two (or more), enjoyed by holiday-makers at airports before they jet off, will be banned if Britain’s Home Office gets its way.

Current laws do not cater for alcohol restrictions at airports, where booze can be consumed outside of licensing hours.

But a review by the House of Lords, a year ago, considered ending 24-hour drinking at UK airports. Now, the Home Office is planning “a call for evidence to assess the impact of implementing the Licensing Act on air-side premises on reducing alcohol-related disorder”.

If the call is backed up by factual evidence, it could lead to an extension of the Licensing Act 2003, which now covers the sale of alcohol to passengers before they fly off.

The Act would give councils the power to license and inspect bars, pubs and restaurants inside airports. And they could also limit the hours during which alcohol is served.

The proposal comes after repeated reports of boozy Brits causing trouble on flights to several holiday hotspots, including Tenerife, and Spain’s Ibiza and Magaluf.

Many holidaymaker Brits consume a week’s worth of alcohol before they’ve even landed at their destination, which can lead to disruptive behaviour.

Last year alone, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA), there was a 50% rise in the number of passengers who had to be held forcibly for bad behaviour.

A spokesperson for, which has already called for a ban on early-morning drinking, reveals: “The number of incidents where the passenger fails to respect the rules of conduct at an airport, or on board an aircraft, has risen significantly.”

And there’s no need to guess why!




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