While President Donald Trump looks to impose a travel ban on certain countries, lawmakers in the US state of Missouri have approved a bill that would allow the state’s airports to sell takeaway alcohol to air travelers.
It’s a move that has left many scratching their heads, with critics concerned such a law could encourage drunkenness at airports and on flights. On the other side of the fence, supporters of the bill claim the new legislation would encourage business and increase traveler satisfaction.
If approved, it would allow holidaymakers to drink alcohol as they wander around terminals. Passengers would even be allowed to scull their booze at the gate, though they would not be able to take drinks onto the aircraft with them. Interestingly, airlines, retailers, police and airports also announced a new crackdown on “disruptive” passengers, which would see them forced to pay for any damage they cause as well the cost of as delays and diversions. The worst offenders will face travel bans.
In the UK, policy seems to be going the other way. Aviation minister, Lord Ahmad, last year threatened to review alcohol laws governing Britain’s airports in a bid to reduce incidences of anti-social behaviour. While methods of preventing people from drinking duty-free alcohol on planes have been considered before in the UK. Jet2.com even took the step of banning alcohol from its early morning flights.
“We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 8am on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey,” said Phil Ward, the airline’s managing director.
“We understand that we’re the first of the European airlines to take this bold step and call upon industry partners in airports to also trade responsibly.”
Only bars located beyond security would be allowed to sell alcohol-to-go. Surprisingly, some US airports – including Nashville International and Portland International – already allow it.
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