Inside How Airlines Stock their Galleys and UK Considers Ban on Drinking in Airports

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  1. The drinking ban is more being floated for morning hours, ie before 11am local..

    It is to deal with Stag/Hen Do’s (I think they are bachelor/ette parties? in US-english) getting to Stansted at 6am for a flight out to Eastern Europe, having a decent number of beers before their 8am flight to eastern europe, which gives them another 2.5- 3.5 hours to continue drinking and all being a drunken mess by the time the plane lands.

  2. Maybe a better solution would be for people that are thought to be inebriated, they give a blow test. If they pass they can board. If they don’t, they have to sober up and are placed on the next flight without additional cost. If they refuse to blow then refuse them boarding sighting health & safety regulations. High levels of Alcohol are not a good combination at high elevation. There is a potential for stroke, heart failure, etc. Just a thought.

  3. Nice to see Ricky Baker spinning tunes! Awwwww, Ricky Baker!

    That safety vid beats the pants off the one I’m usually stuck with on AA

  4. Notice it is the low cost airlines that have the drunk problems. They are also the ones who push selling booze on their planes for $$$$. If a Gate Agent or FA is not able to determine that a PAX is drunk before a flight then they should be fired. Under TIPs it is the responsibility of the bartender / waitstaff to assess if a customer is intoxicated BEFORE they serve them and to NOT make them drunk.

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