Glasgow Airport trials new scheme to sell alcohol in sealed bags

23 November 2015 (Last Updated November 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Glasgow International Airport is trialling a new scheme to sell duty-free alcohol to its customers in sealed bags, in a bid to reduce the incidences of growing disturbance caused by drunken passengers.

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Glasgow International Airport is trialling a new scheme to sell duty-free alcohol to its customers in sealed bags, in a bid to reduce the incidences of growing disturbance caused by drunken passengers.

The scheme is being tested in response to the several written requests sent by airlines to the UK Government to curb such alcohol-induced disruptive incidents.

While addressing at the Airport Operators Association (AOA) in west London, Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: "An aeroplane is a unique environment, a confined space, filled with families and other travellers, and while in the air out of the reach of traditional law enforcement.

"There's little chance that a drunken passenger could pose a threat to the plane itself, but some have tried."

"There's little chance that a drunken passenger could pose a threat to the plane itself, but some have tried."

Goodwill has urged airlines to "look at their approach to serving alcohol on board", while the government needs to "make sure that enforcement is effective".

UK's Manchester Airport is the other airport that is also trialling the scheme as part of efforts to reduce alcohol related cases.

The other initiatives include Jet2's campaign called Onboard Together, which aims at educating their passengers and empowering their crew.

Edinburgh Airport has also collaborated with the airport police who now maintain a visual presence around bar areas warning the potential troublemakers.


Image: UK Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill. Photo: courtesy of Crown Copyright.