Checking yourself in online while in the airport drinking a pint could soon be a thing of the past. Authorities have announced that an alcohol ban could soon be enforced in order to tackle “anti-social tourism”.
“We ask the central government and the European commission to ban the consumption of alcoholic drinks on flights and in airports,” said Pilar Carbonell, in charge of tourism for the local government of the Balearic Islands.
This all comes after the Manchester Evening News reported that Spain’s Guardia Civil police force had to board a Ryanair flight in Palma to drag away three drunk men who had brawled all the way from Manchester.
The Guardian reported that the statement did not say if the local authorities were asking for alcohol to be banned on all EU flights, or only those going to the Balearic Islands.
Ryanair has banned bringing alcohol on flights since June 2015 in bid to increase safety for both the staff and passengers of the airline.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it backed attempts to deal with drink-related problems on flights.
“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,” a CAA statement said.
“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.”