|It may be pub hours for airport bars in future, no matter who you drink or fly with ...|
Although restrictions may at sometime in the future be placed on the sale of alcohol at UK airports, in an effort to reduce the number of drink-related rage incidents taking place on aircraft.
Airport bar operators are already subject to UK legislation which absolutely prohibits sale of alcoholic drinks and products to those who appear to be drunk, or in the opinion of the licensee, should be refused service. The bar operator can call for assistance by police to maintain the integrity of the bar licence.
In 2017, a House of Lords report in 2017 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. Julian Bray Aviation expert (and former freehouse licence holder) commented on the BBC findings when the ground breaking BBC Investigation was released in a wideranging series of broadcasts and television interviews.
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 additional ability to close down bars that breached the limits, although that already exists under existing licencing laws.
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