Budget carrier Ryanair has announced a blanket ban for duty free alcohol on all of its flights from the UK to the Spanish holiday isle of Ibiza. A statement issued by the airline said the ban was instigated to ensure the safety and wellbeing of holidaymakers on flights to the legendary party island.
It continued with the warning that ground staff would be keeping a watchful eye out for unruly passengers and hidden alcohol at flight boarding gates. It then said that any passenger acting in an anti-social manner or attempting to smuggle booze on board would be prevented from boarding.
The statement said any passenger denied the right to board would lose the cost of their flight and would not receive any compensation whatsoever. Ryanair has sent e-mails to customers who have booked flights to Ibiza warning them of the new ban.
The e-mails say that passengers who buy duty free wine or spirits once they are airside will have two options. The first one is to pack it into a secure bag and give it to staff manning boarding gates. The drinks will be tagged with labels and carried on board by staff. There is no extra charge for this service.
The second choice sees the confiscation of the alcohol and this will apply to bottles packed only in plastic carrier bags provided by duty-free outlets. Ryanair’s booze ban is a response to increasing incidents of passengers binge-drinking on board and behaving loutishly.
Six Ryanair passengers flying from the UK to Spain in May were arrested on arrival after misbehaving on their flight. Cabin crew alleged they were drunk. Ryanair had already prohibited passengers flying between Glasgow and Ibiza from carrying duty-free alcohol onto aeroplanes.