PASSENGERS are now banned from drinking alcohol purchased from duty free shops under new rules.
It’s hoped that the initiative will tackle the increasing number of in-flight incidents and disruptions caused by drunken travellers.
The new policy has been introduced by World Duty Free, according to The Times, who own most of the duty free shops in airports across the UK.
Any alcohol bought by passengers in any of its shops will be given in sealed bags, which must remain sealed until they leave the flight.
All alcohol will be included – from beer and wine to spirits – no matter what size they are.
And the bags are now marked, “Do not open alcohol purchases until your final destination”.
World Duty Free are to enforce the new rules to tackle in flight fights caused by alcohol[/caption]
A World Duty Free spokesperson told The Times they “voluntarily took the step of introducing sealed bags”.
The new rules come as alcohol-fuelled disruptions are on the rise, with Civil Aviation Authority figures revealing 422 serious incidents in 2017.
However, airlines have said that the incidents are in the “thousands” but they are not logged by aviation regulators with only cases which sees the aircraft at risk being reported.
Gatwick Airport has already banned the sale of miniature alcohol bottles, as well as stopping shot-based drinks being served at airport bars.
At the moment, passengers are not allowed to drink their own alcohol on flights unless they’re being served by a member of the cabin crew.
And it is illegal to be drunk on a flight, Sun Online Travel previously reported, with cabin crew allowed to ban passengers from being served alcohol if they believe they are inebriated.
However, many secretly open their own bottles to consume during the flight, according to Airlines UK.
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Previously this year, a push for a ban on 24-hour drinking at airports was met with anger after industry bosses claimed it would not solve the problem when passengers were served booze on planes.
A Ryanair passenger was left bloodied after his “nose was bitten” during an in-flight fight.
Other travellers claimed the assailants were drunk before boarding.
Sun Online Travel has contacted World Duty Free for comment.