Aviation minister Tariq Ahmad wants to do something about the drunken travellers and the tradition of the pre-flight pint -- even if the flight leaves at 10:22am -- and is pursuing options that might limit the sale of alcohol in the UK's airport pubs.
The ambition is to make sure that air travel is "an environment in which you’re going to be safe and secure," with, presumably, drunk men flailing through the aisles of planes departing to Magaluf seen as a bit of an issue. Ahmad also says he's looking at the screening methods that prevent overly drunk people from boarding flights in the first place, both of which make it sound like the current licensing laws that let airport pubs open all day long are under threat.
Ahmad said: "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. If you are a young family travelling on a plane you want to go from point A to B – you don’t want to be disrupted." [Guardian]