Industry Comments On Concerns Over Alcohol At Airports

BBPA-logoThe British Beer & Pub Association’s Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has commented on concerns raised today over passenger alcohol use at UK airports.

Brigid Simmonds comments:

“Penalties for passengers who cause flight disruption are rightly severe, and we would certainly work with the Government if they do initiate any review.

The industry works in partnership with the police and airport authorities and we would be happy to review these arrangements and extend them where necessary.

“We have a good track record of working in partnership with relevant authorities, developing a range of schemes that promote the responsible sale and consumption of alcohol.

“As an industry we are keen for alcohol to be sold and drunk responsibly, including, of course, at airports, and despite venues airside not being covered by the Licensing Act, the industry still adheres to internal policies to ensure that alcohol is sold and consumed responsibly.  Staff training is an important element, and there are also considerable powers already available to deter and deal with those that misuse alcohol when waiting to board a flight.