According to a BBC Panorama investigation, arrests of UK passengers on planes and at airports has risen by 50% a year from 255 to 387 between February 2016-17.
Also, a survey by the UNITE union of 19,000 of its cabin crew members found that more than 50% had experienced some form of drunken behaviour at UK airports.
One cabin crew member, who resigned in October last year after 14 years service, described their role as seen by passengers as Barmaids in the sky.
The government is considering introducing tougher rules to combat this behaviour.
In July 2016, most Uk airports and airlines signed up to a voluntary code of conduct on disruptive passengers. The code ask retailers to warn customers not to drink duty free purchases on the plane and for staff to refuse to serve alcohol to passengers who to be drunk.
Commenting on reports of an increase in drunken behaviour, trade bodies including Airlines UK said in a joint statement…
“As an industry, we take the issue of disruptive passengers very seriously. Thankfully the problem of disruptive behaviour is rare, but where it does happen it can affect fellow passengers, airline crew and employees working at the airport. The industry is working hard to tackle the issue and last year launched a Code of Practice to create a common, consistent approach that co-ordinates and enhances existing efforts to prevent disruptive passenger behaviour. Government supports the Code and together we believe this is the best way to tackle this issue.
“Disruptive behaviour, including due to excessive alcohol consumption, is not acceptable. Passengers should be aware that consequences of such behaviour could include losing a holiday because they are denied boarding through to fines, flight bans and prison sentences for the most serious offences.”
To avoid a boozey flight drink plenty of water and keep your duty free purchases in the cabin lockers and avoid the temptation to start letting your hair down until you’ve arrived at your destination.