LONDON – Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has called for a pre-10 am alcohol ban after a group of holidaymakers forced one of their flights to divert into Paris-Beauvais while en route from Dublin to Ibiza over the weekend.
Up to 20 travelers were involved in the disturbance and resulted in three passengers being removed from the flight and detained by French police.
“This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight,” explained Ryanair’s Robin Kiely.
“The aircraft landed and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.”
Ryanair Tightening Up
According to Kiely, Ryanair “will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behavior at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew, and aircraft is our number one priority.”
Following this, Ryanair is calling for “significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports” before 10 am.
“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,” Kiery stressed.
The return flight was delayed by two hours and 40 minutes as a result, with the Captain apologizing for the delay and explaining that the incoming flight had to divert.
Other airlines in the same spot
Ryanair isn’t the only carrier to be calling for alcohol bans like this. English carrier Jet2 was the first in the travel industry back in August 2016 to ban the sale of alcohol before 8 am due to the amount of disruption that they had been facing due to unruly passengers.
Jet2’s actions were a part of a program known as the Onboard Together campaign, which aims to reduce incidences of disruptive behaviors on its flights.
The initiative has seen more than 500 passengers refused to travel with over 50 of these given lifetime bans since it was launched in 2015.