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UK to review airport alcohol sales


New aviation minister to fight problem of drunk passengers
The sale of alcohol in airports is being reviewed by the UK’s new aviation minister in a bid to reduce the number of passengers getting drunk.
Lord Tariq Ahmad, who was appointed last month, is to look into how bars, restaurants and duty-free stores sell alcohol at the country’s airports. Nearly 450 people have been held on suspicion of being drunk at a UK airport or on board an aircraft in the last two years.
“I don’t think we want to kill merriment altogether, but I think it’s important that passengers who board planes are also responsible and have a responsibility to other passengers, and that certainly should be the factor which we bear in mind,” Lord Ahmad said.
“In terms of specific regulations of timings of outlets and how they operate, clearly I want to have a look at that.”
He also mentioned the importance of screening travellers before they board their flights. Airports such as Manchester and Glasgow have already trialled schemes where shops sell alcohol in sealed bags to try to reduce the problem of drunken passengers.
TTG Digital


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