Police call for tighter airport alcohol controls for boozy Brits

Authorities in Majorca and Ibiza want to minimise the chance of drunken fights

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Police in Majorca and Ibiza have called on airport and travel chiefs to curb the sale of alcohol after a string of drunken fights involving British tourists.

Union bosses representing rank-and-file officers have accused airlines and Spanish airport authority AENA of putting profit before safety and have called for tighter controls on the sale of drink at airport bars in the Balearic Islands and planes to and from the holiday destination.

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Jose Maria Manso, President of the Professional Police Union (SPP) in the Balearic Islands which includes Majorca and Ibiza, said in an open letter:

"We cannot understand how smoking is banned for health reasons yet an airport binge with a serious knock-on effect for everyone's safety is guaranteed."

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Palma Airport, Majorca

He went on to call for tighter controls on the sale of alcohol to travellers, "especially those who are already drunk."

Drunken British tourists, said to have been involved in a sting of recent airport altercations including one thought to have taken place at Palma airport in which two police officers were injured, were singled out in the letter.

The SPP chief said the union, which has around 5,500 members, was encouraging AENA and airlines to take urgent action.

His comments come after another weekend of madness in the Majorcan party resort of Magaluf.

Two women, thought to be British, were pictured naked in the street early yesterday morning/on Saturday morning when it was already daylight.

One of the women was stark naked and chatting to a friend who was wearing clothes.

Credits: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror

Group of people roll about in the street in Magaluf

Another was in a tiny G-string and carrying her clothes in her arms.

Local police say they are trying to identify the pair so they can fine them.

Residents sick and tired of drunken revellers in the Magaluf area are campaigning against 'anything goes, cheap tourism' by signing an online protest petition launched on Internet platform Change.org Earlier this month three Brits involved in a drunken brawl between England and Scotland football fans in Magaluf's party strip, were fined.

Around the same time 20 Brits who ran down to the beach naked from their hotel in broad daylight for a skinny dip in the neighbouring resort of Palmanova, were also fined.

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