As seat pitch shrinks and amenities are slashed, many passengers have taken to the bottle. But drunk passengers in the UK may soon get six-digit bill for drinking one too many.
Drunk and disorderly conduct by airline passengers is a growing problem in the UK. This has prompted the government to embark upon a “One Too Many” campaign at airports across the Kingdom.
In addition to new digital display boards warning against drunkenness, Conde Nast reports:
Police officers and airport employees have been ordered to be extra vigilant about stopping drunk passengers before they board and warning them that in addition to the regular £5,000 ($6,500) fine and two years of jail time, they could also have to pay a much steeper penalty—an amount that translates to the costs put on airlines for having to divert flights.
That fine is as high as £80,000 ($105,000). If such a fine seems cruel and unusual, it is neither. That’s how much a diversion can cost, especially when it causes passengers to miss onward connections or crews to time out.
Banned. For Life.
The campaign will also warn passengers that airlines have the right to ban disruptive passengers for life. You might recall this happened last month after an incident of drunken-fueled rage aboard a Jet2 flight to Ibiza.
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With the summer holidays in full swing, be very careful about ordering that extra beer or cocktail before your flight. Penalties for poor behavior really question the value proposition of loosening up before a flight or once onboard.