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Could the 5am pint to get the holiday started be a thing of the past? government considers curbing pre-flight drinks.

Byline: SEAN SEDDON sean.seddon@trinitymirror.com @seddonnews

DO you enjoy some bubbles or a pint before you catch a flight? Well, all that could change, as the Government considers a move to curb pre-holiday boozing.

It follows a House of Lords report published last year that found the sale of alcohol at all hours in airports contributes to disruption on flights.

Newcastle International Airport bosses have responded to the news by saying that while they take alcohol-related trouble seriously, they see only a "very small number" of problems each year.

Unlike pubs and restaurants, airports are exempt from the Licensing Act 2003, allowing them to sell alcohol at any time of day.

But the Home Office has confirmed it will "call for evidence" to launch a review this year and decide whether or not to extend licensing laws to airports in a bid to crack down on problem drunks.

If the change goes ahead, it could see serving time restrictions imposed on airport bars - and the 5am pint to get the holiday started could be a thing of the past.

A spokesman for Newcastle International Airport said that while it takes alcohol-related disruption seriously, it sees only a "very Disruptive whether or not, is Spokesman Newcastle small number" of problems each year.

He said: "Disruptive behaviour, whether alcohol-related or not, is absolutely not tolerated at Newcastle Airport and can result in consequences such as arrest, passengers not being allowed to fly, or passengers being banned from the airport.

"The airport is a signatory to the UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers and works closely with the police, airlines, ground handlers and retail partners to ensure it operates a responsible and safe airport for all, averting any potential disruptive behaviour, quickly and effectively.

"Instances of alcohol-related disruptive behaviour at Newcastle Airport are rare, with only a very small number of cases each year.

"Our landside premises have a Premises Licence and those airside operate to the same standards.

behaviour, alcohol-related absolutely not tolerated for airport "Should the Act be extended we would continue to work with all parties to ensure our extremely responsible operations continue." A Home Office spokesman said: "Hundreds of millions of passengers travel through the UK's airports and they should be able to enjoy their holidays without having their flight disrupted by a small minority of people.

"There are already tough penalties in place for drunkenness on an aircraft - you can be imprisoned for up to two years or given an unlimited fine.

"Pilots also have the power to issue the removal passengers from the plane if they are drunk and the safety of the aircraft or its passengers is threatened."

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, the chairperson of the committee responsible for the April 2017 report that has triggered the Home Office review, called for wholesale reform of the licensing system.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 13, 2018
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