Sharp rise in drunk incidents on UK flights

114 passenger incidents including bomb threats and assaults last year

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Sharp rise in drunk incidents on UK flights

The number of drunk passenger incidents on UK flights has tripled over the past three years.

There were 114 incidents on UK flights in 2014 compared to 39 in 2011.

This is compared to 121 inidents in the whole of the US last year, reports the BBC.

Incidents in the UK included bomb threats, assaults on cabin crew, smoking in the toilets and trying to gain entry to the cockpit.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the "majority" of cases were down to alcohol.

Airports have been advised to impose tougher restrictions on alcohol sales in the departure lounge, reports the Daily Mail.

The CAA said: "It is a specific criminal offence to be drunk on board an aircraft, and also to refuse to comply with instructions from the captain".

The chief executive of the British Air Transport Association, Nathan Stower, said :"Airlines set tough rules around the consumption of alcohol. Pubs, bars and restaurants in airports in the UK and overseas must play their part".

A CAA spokesman added: "The number of incidents last year did rise but we have also seen an increase in the number of flights. Cabin crew are getting better trained to deal with incidents and could be reporting more of them.

"There is no excuse for rude or aggressive conduct by passengers towards cabin crew or fellow passengers on board aircraft. It is actually a specific criminal offence to be drunk on board an aircraft, and also to refuse to comply with instructions from the captain.

"We support UK airlines' efforts to deal with disruptive passengers to ensure the safety of all those on board, and welcome criminal prosecutions where appropriate."

Passengers behaving badly

Passengers behaving badly


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