Ireland: Alcohol Ban Mulled Against Flight Rage
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has stated a complete alcohol ban is “absolutely on the table” to address flight rage.
Recently alcohol fueled flight rage has been increasing. The number of reported air rage incidents on flights across Europe increased by a third between 2017 and 2018.
A study published by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency found that a flight is disrupted approximately every three hours within EU airspace.
As IOGT International has previously reported, according to IATA, the International Air Transport Association, alcohol use was found to be involved in 27% of cases of unruly behaviour in airlines.
Meanwhile there is an ongoing campaign by airlines including Ryanair, Aer Lingus and the Commission for Aviation Regulation, entitled ‘Not On My Flight’. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the undisputed link between alcohol and ‘air rage’ incidents on flights.
Paul Brandon, IAA’s corporate head of affairs said currently the campaign only aims to create awareness among passengers on the consequences of air rage. He stated in the future they will take further action if it becomes necessary.