Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced that due to the rise in flight attendant-reported incidents of intoxicated passengers causing problems, it would be implementing a mandatory alcohol beverage limit on flights within Europe.
“[Alcohol use] can be a problem for security and we also want to make sure that all our other passengers are having a good time and not being disturbed by others,” a SAS official explained. SAS, which is owned by Denmark, Norway and Sweden carries about 30 million passengers per year and flies to almost 100 destinations.
SAS is following the lead of Ryanair, the low-cost airline. In April 2015, Ryanair prohibited passengers from bringing their own alcoholic beverages aboard the route between Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the party island of Ibiza in Spain.
“The numbers have indeed risen alarmingly over the last year or two,” Tony Tyler, the CEO of IATA, said last June during the trade group’s annual general meeting in Qatar.
Tyler reported that the group has been collecting data regarding in-flight incidents since 2007. Major airlines reported over 20,000 incidents of unruly passenger behavior between 2010 and the end of 2013, according to data collecting from the IATA.