Ryanair is hoping to restrict the sale of alcohol at airports after a number of drink-related incidents on board.
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After a number of flights disrupted as a result of alcohol-related incidents, Ryanair calls for stricter regulations on the sale of alcohol at airports in Ireland.
The most recent instance happened on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Ibiza on June 16, which had to be diverted to Paris after three passengers became disruptive. They were removed from the flight and detained by the French police, a spokesman for the airline told Fox News.
“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority,” the spokesman said.
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In April, a passenger pled guilty to the mishandling of Ryanair members of the crew and grabbing a flight attendant’s ass while drunk on board a flight from Latvia to England.
Robertas Bajalis, who allegedly drank a half a bottle of vodka and four ciders before boarding, began causing a disturbance about an hour into the flight from Riga to Manchester, first by drinking from a bottle of rum he brought on board.
Robertas Bajalis pleaded guilty to abuse of Ryanair members of the crew and grabbing a flight attendant’s ass while drunk on board a flight from Latvia to England.
Bajalis was given a two year suspended sentence of eight months in prison for two counts of sexual assault and one count of common assault.
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“This is exactly the reason why we are advocating for important changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol [for 10 hours] on the airports,” the Ryanair spokesman said.
The airline to call for a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10 a.m.
“It is the task of the airports to the introduction of these preventive measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, instead of that the passengers have a drink too much for their flights,” the spokesman said.
But the airport officials did not agree with Ryanair’s proposal.
A spokesman for the Dublin Airport told RTÉ that drink restrictions are “very draconian” and would “have an impact on all passengers because of the behavior of a very small minority of airline passengers.”
While the airport spokesman admitted that the behavior of the unruly Ryanair passengers was “clearly unacceptable,” they will remind licence holders in the airport bars and restaurants of their responsibility.
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The spokesman also notes that the airport has worked with airlines, including Ryanair, the police and the Irish Aviation Authority on an information campaign to emphasize that such a disruptive drunken behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.