Institute of Alcohol Studies and European Alcohol Policy Alliance held a Fit to Fly - Alcohol and Air Travel Policy Forum on 7th June in Brussels.
Excessive alcohol intake by air passengers has economic, medical and welfare ramifications, and is identified as a top three risk to aviation safety. Accidents on airplanes are uniquely unforgiving and the worst scenarios endanger the lives of many people. Apart from the nuisance incurred to the other passengers, drunkenness on airplanes causes flights to be diverted, distracts the cabin crew from their normal safety duties and causes a hazard in emergency evacuations. Evidence suggests that the prevalence of disruptive behaviour at airports and on airplanes due to alcohol consumption is increasing.
This policy debate served to exchange knowledge and explore potential policy solutions.