Belfast Telegraph bans sale of alcohol on all flights before 8am to tackle disruptive behaviour has banned the early morning sale of alcohol on flights before 8am in a bid to tackle abusive and disruptive behaviour.

The airline, which flies to 17 destinations from Belfast International Airport, says it is the first airline in Europe to take the step.

The ground-breaking move will be introduced from Monday, August 8.

The airline is calling for airports and retailers to follow its lead to trade responsibly and similarly ban alcohol sales before 8am.

It also encourages industry partners to support the call for fully sealed bags for alcohol purchased in airports to prohibit the illegal consumption of personal alcohol before and during flights.

Phil Ward, managing director of said: “We have decided to follow up very quickly on my comments made last week, by taking positive action to allow the millions of customers and families who fly with us to travel with confidence and have a great experience with

“We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 08:00BST on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey. We understand that we’re the first of the European airlines to take this bold step and call upon industry partners in airports to also trade responsibly.”

The announcement further supports the airline's Onboard Together campaign which aims to reduce incidents of disruptive behaviour on its flights.

The initiative has seen more than 500 passengers refused travel with over 50 of these given lifetime bans since it was launched in 2015.

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