Al­chol limit to stop air­port drunk­e­ness

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - Suzan­nah Robin Al­co­hol and drug safety ex­pert Al­coDig­i­tal

AL­CO­HOL safety ex­perts are call­ing for a fixed drink­ing limit to be im­posed for pas­sen­gers board­ing air­craft in re­sponse to the re­cent news that the Gov­ern­ment will be launch­ing a re­view into air­side al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

The vast ma­jor­ity of pas­sen­gers do not drink to ex­cess in air­ports.

The is­sue that needs to be tack­led is to en­sure that prob­lem pas­sen­gers are pre­vented from fly­ing – what­ever the time of day.

While it is il­le­gal to be ‘drunk’ on an air­craft, the CAA (Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity) has not yet set a de­fined limit for what ‘drunk’ ac­tu­ally is.

This leaves air­ports and air­lines un­able to draw a clear line un­der which pas­sen­gers can and can’t fly.

Set­ting a spe­cific limit would pre­vent prob­lem pas­sen­gers from fly­ing and al­low re­spon­si­ble trav­ellers to con­tinue to drink sen­si­bly, as the ma­jor­ity do now.

Li­cens­ing al­co­hol in air­ports will not stop prob­lem pas­sen­gers - peo­ple who want to drink to ex­cess will al­ways find a way.

How­ever, if there was a set al­co­hol limit for pas­sen­gers, ground staff will be able to test any­one they sus­pect to be over that limit at the board­ing gates us­ing an ex­tremely quick five sec­ond pas­sive screen­ing de­vice and re­mov­ing any pas­sen­ger who ex­ceeds the limit.

It is highly likely this will de­ter those pas­sen­gers who are con­sid­er­ing over-in­dulging.

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