Each week we seem to hear another story about the exploits of drunken airline passengers. This can range from the amusing stories of passengers indulging in under-blanket activities to the more serious violent and aggressive incidents.
Some airline carriers ban alcohol completely onboard and some also limit consumption. With this in mind, is it now time to ban alcohol completely on all airline flights? There are some strong arguments for ditching the booze onboard;
1. You can’t just walk away from those who are intoxicated, you’ll have to sit next to them and put up with their behavior.
2. If you or your close fellow passengers are stressed out about flying then far from calming your nerves, an alcoholic drink is likely to make the situation worse, and increase stress levels.
3. Because of the high altitudes when flying, the effects of alcohol are multiplied, making you feel and act more drunk than usual.
4. Bear in mind if you’re driving when you arrive that you could well be over the alcohol limit.
So what about the arguments for NOT banning booze onboard;
1. Your flight price could well include food and alcohol and if it is then you’ve effectively already paid to have a drink, so why not enjoy a glass of wine with dinner.
2. Most people are pretty sensible, have an alcoholic beverage onboard, watch a film and just fall asleep.
3. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or heading off on vacation after working for months on end, a drink could mellow you out.
4. All people do react differently to stress with many saying a drink just chills them out and takes their mind off flying.
So what do you think; should all alcohol be banned whilst in the air or should we just be trusted to know our own limits and make our own choices? Leave your comments below…