If you were hoping to board your next Aer Lingus flight in a drunken haze, utter a few untoward comments to fellow passengers and flight attendants, and then drift peacefully to sleep, you may need to rethink your plan. Aer Lingus has announced that it will now prohibit inebriated passengers from boarding its planes.
The rule is part of a trend toward curbing drunken behavior on flights. In an incident over the weekend, a Ryanair flight en route to Ibiza was diverted because of a group of drunk, unruly passengers. Following the incident, Ryanair called on airports to ban serving alcohol before 10 AM and to institute a two-drink limit. Dublin Airport, however, isn’t taking kindly to that suggestion. In a statement to theJournal.ie, Dublin Airport spokesman Paul O’Kane said that the airport will “continue to work with its airline customers and all other agencies in relation to this issue, and will again remind the license holders in its bars and restaurants of their responsibilities.”
Aer Lingus’ new rule comes on the heels of Ryanair’s call for airport sobriety. In addition to prohibiting passenger drunkenness, the airline will also confiscate any open containers of alcohol found on passengers. “Should a guest become disruptive in flight, said an Aer Lingus spokeswoman in a statement, “they may be denied future travel on the airline.”
H/T: The Points Guy