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Flying drunks spark review of airport alcohol

By Neil Lancefield

Published 29/07/2016

Concerns: Lord Ahmad
Concerns: Lord Ahmad

New Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad is to examine the way alcohol is sold at airports amid a spate of incidents on planes involving drunk passengers.

The minister also pledged to ensure the way in which unruly travellers were stopped from going through airport departure gates was "fit for purpose".

Recent police statistics showed hundreds of people were arrested on suspicion of being drunk on a plane or at an airport in the past two years. At least 442 were held between March 2014 and March 2016.

Lord Ahmad said: "I don't think we want to kill merriment altogether, but it's important that passengers who board planes are also responsible."

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