US Airports Now Allowed To Serve Take-away Alcohol To Passengers Within Airport Bounds

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Missouri officials approve a new bill that has given state airports permission to sell alcohol to-go

Those that support the legislation believe it will encourage an increase in business throughout state airports and boost journey satisfaction, particularly for passengers who need a dose of liquid courage to keep those flying fears at bay. The bill is currently moving forward to the Senate for further deliberation.

Approval

If the legislation is approved, passengers will be allowed to buy and consume alcoholic beverages within the bounds of airport terminals, including areas such as boarding gates. This does not affect regulations pertaining to the aircraft themselves, and will not permit any drinks from the terminal to be brought onto the plane once boarding the flight.

Many critics of the new bill are worried about the message this change of regulation might have on the airport atmosphere, and could potentially encourage drunk and disorderly behavior among airports and subsequent flights.

According to USA Today, frequent flyer Chris Clarambeau, expressed his concerns when he stated, “You see examples of people who get violent or are just generally unruly and argumentative”.  Clarambeau also pointed out that, the flight starts and then the plane has to get stuck and security has to come and take the person off the plane and a hundred people on the plane have been inconvenienced because of it”.

Despite these speculations, several US airports including Portland International and Nashville International airports have already successfully implemented the concept of takeaway booze.   

Nashville International spokesperson, Shannon Sumrall, reported to USA Today that despite the associated stigma, there is no evidence to support any increase in disorderly behavior since implementing the takeaway system since 2014.

Sumrall stated that, “It’s been very well-received by our concessionaires and by our passengers…There was a fear for airport police that it was going to increase drunkenness, and we have no evidence of that”.

Other Nations

The UK is apparently leaning towards perusing the opposite intentions regarding airport regulation. Lord Ahmad, the aviation minister, announced last year that alcohol laws managing Britain’s airports will be under review in order to decrease the occurrence of  anti-social behavior.

Efforts to refrain passengers from consuming duty-free alcoholic beverages on flights are under consideration. The airline Jet2.com has issued a request to ban all alcohol from their red-eye flights.

“We believe that stopping sales of alcohol before 8am on our morning flights is an effective way to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey,” reported Jet2.com’s managing director, Phil Ward.

“We understand that we’re the first of the European airlines to take this bold step and call upon industry partners in airports to also trade responsibly”.