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MANY holiday packages offer fly-drive vacations. Now, it seems, airlines are keen to introduce fly-dry trips because of the behaviour of blathered tourists.

We've all seen holidaymakers filling the airport bars at 6am for a bacon butty and a pint or three of lager for breakfast. And you dread the possibility of being seated in close proximity to them for the three hour flight to Spain.

I have no problem with folk starting their holidays with a drink as long as it's kept under control. But at 30,000 feet who wants to be in an aeroplane if trouble kicks off with a group of drunks? Arrests of passengers for drunken behaviour have gone up by 50% in the past year; 387 people were arrested in the 12 months up to February at airports or on flights.

In consequence, Ryanair want a ban on the sale of alcohol in terminal bars before 10am and to limit the number of drinks served to passengers before they board to two.

Ryanair's Kenny Jacobs said: "We are calling for significant changes to prohibit alcohol sales at airports, particularly with early morning flights and when flights are delayed."

The problem is exacerbated by travellers drinking their duty free once they have boarded. Routs to Ibiza, Alicante and Palma are said to be among the worst.

Drinking in moderation is not a problem. But there's always the few who spoil it for everybody else. Is it time for a ban?

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2017
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