ALERT: UK’s Lord Ahmad may bar or limit booze at airports, sobering moment for US airlines & airports

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UK Will Examine the Way Alcohol is Sold at Airports

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledonalcohol at airports, recently appointed aviation minister by new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced he will examine the way alcohol is sold at airports, following a spate of incidents on planes involving drunk passengers. He also indicated that he was considering means of interdicting passengers who may have imbibed too much alcohol.

The triggering events are a series of onboard incidents on flights departing the UK, which have received a lot of media attention. Holidaying families have borne the brunt of this brutish behavior!!!

It’s not a phenomena limited to the British Isles. In the US, stopping passengers who are inebriated is a responsibility of the Passenger Service Agents, but it is a difficult task in the best of circumstances. PSA’s primary assignment is to board everyone quickly toalcohol at airports avoid expensive delays. Further, many passengers come to the gate with their tickets; so (s)he has seconds to assess the risk (pulling someone out of line is not a great way to earn promotions—if wrong, the mistake not likely to be absolved).

If the Lord of Wimbledon were to move to the US (maybe not him physically, but his sentiment [and/or spirit]), limiting liquor sales would be bad business for airlines. According to an ACI study the average customer spends about $5 onalcohol at airports food and beverage. Under an Ahmad rule, there could be a diminution of these revenues and a concomitant need for greater fees from the airlines.

This suggests that airport management might not want to continue in a passive role. By being proactive, an airport prohibition rule might be avoided. Since most such public facilities are locational monopolies, such important, but “unfriendly” intervention will not likely result in alcohol at airportspassenger retaliation against the airport. Whereas when an airline stops someone who has had too much to drink, the passenger will likely remember and choose not to fly on that carrier in the future.

Lord Ahmad may not be a popular man in England among certain segments, but airports and airlines around the world should thank him for flagging this issue for proactive action.


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