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Ryanair tells airports: cut “excessive drinking”

The low-cost carrier wants to see a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10:00.

Ryanair is urging airports to bring in tougher measures to reduce “excessive drinking” by passengers before they board flights, travel retail site DFNI reports.

The low-cost carrier wants to see significant changes to cut down on the sale of booze at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10:00.

“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights,” a Ryanair spokesperson stressed.

Booze in the hold
The airline confirmed to DFNI that it would not allow passengers on its flights from the UK to Ibiza to carry on any duty-free alcohol. Instead it must be put in the hold or left at the gate.

“Customers flying from the UK to Ibiza are not permitted to bring duty-free alcohol on board our aircraft,” the spokesperson told DFNI.

“Those who have purchased duty-free alcohol will be asked to either place their purchases in their cabin baggage and into the hold at the boarding gate, or leave their purchases behind. This has been Ryanair’s long-standing policy.”

Ryanair introduced this policy in 2015 following a number of incident of alcohol-fuelled disruptive behaviour, and other budget carriers have since launched similar restrictions.

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