Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Drinking and air travel
have always gone together.
Airports have bars, planes serve booze—try
finding that kind of convenience taking Greyhound! But in a speech last week,
Robert Goodwill, the UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State suggested
it's time for his country to have an "open, public debate" on "the problem of
passengers who become disruptive on flights, particularly after drinking
alcohol." According to Goodwill, the request comes from the airlines
themselves, saying "several" had contacted the government, with one airline
reporting over 360 incidents over the summer. "We don't want to stop
passengers enjoying themselves or prevent people from flying," said Goodwill,
"But we do want people to put a break on before things get out of hand." Let's
pause here to give a quick toast to anyone who would stop flying all together
because they aren't allowed to drink enough alcohol.
Get those guys a Xanax
prescription; they've earned it.
Goodwill's solution: Everything from having "clear warnings about the risks
of drunkenness displayed on the airport's bars and tables" to identifying "the
most trouble-prone flights." Sorry, London-to-Cancun.
Save your partying for
the beach.
Delayed flights are also cited as an issue.
"For some passengers, a delayed
flight means that the first drink of the holiday quickly becomes the first 3,
4 or 5 drinks," he said.
Exactly, the problem isn't your drinking, it's that
the airlines need to get their shit together.
"Our aim should be to ensure that flying is a safe and enjoyable experience
for all travelers, and that flying doesn't end badly for the careless few,"
Goodwill said, wrapping up on the topic.
Alright, now that that's over, can we
have an "open, public debate" on why airport bars think they can charge $9 for
a Coors Light? This story originally appeared on FWx.
More good reads from FWx:
• 7 Ways to Cozy Up to a Flight Attendant
• 10 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Delivery Person
• 9 Surprising Things to Eat at the Airports in Vegas and Dallas
Robert Goodwill, the UK's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
suggested it's time for his country to have an "open, public debate" on
"the problem of passengers who become disruptive on flights, particularly
after drinking alcohol." Read on.

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