The government's about to start to (try to) do something about the occasional drunken furore that kicks off on the bucket-and-spade-and-a-condom flights to abroad-land, and has launched a consultation over the long-awaited introduction of licensing laws to international airport pubs.
It is to tackle the menace of drunk and disruptive passengers on flights, even though it's quite funny to read about the horrors that go on in the sky while we're safely at home never going anywhere. As the consultation explains, the licensing laws of England and Wales don't apply in the international territory beyond the security gates at our international airports, hence the lads can be smashing the green liquids at Stansted at 08:00 hours much to the horror of people who are beginning to realise that they might be on the same aeroplane as them for the next three hours.
MP Victoria Atkins said it might be a good idea to come together and say this should be limited and normal pub rules should apply to air-side boozers too, explaining: "Most UK air passengers behave responsibly when flying, but any disruptive or drunk behaviour is entirely unacceptable. This government is committed to ensuring that the travelling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable." [GOV]