Ryanair has banned passengers bringing duty-free alcohol onto its UK to Ibiza flights in an effort to stamp out drink-related problems on board.
It has told passengers there will be searches at departure gates and that customers ‘showing any signs of anti-social behaviour or attempting to conceal alcohol’ will be denied travel without refund or compensation.
Instead, any alcohol purchased at airport duty free shops must be placed in the hold luggage or disposed of at the gate.
“If the alcohol is unsuitable for placing in the hold (eg a plastic bag) then customers will be required to dispose of the alcohol in the bins provided,” said the airline.
The new rules have been sent to customers in an email and apply to flights from all UK airports.
A Ryanair spokesperson told TravelMole: “Having consulted with our customers and the airports, customers flying from the UK to Ibiza will no longer be permitted to bring duty free alcohol on board the aircraft.
“Those who have purchased duty free alcohol will be asked to either place their purchases in their cabin baggage and into the hold at the boarding gate, or leave their purchases behind.
“The comfort and safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority.”
The move comes as low-cost rival Jet2 called for industry-wide action to tackle a ‘shocking’ rise in disruptive passenger behaviour, often drink related.
It is calling for a database to be developed so that information on disruptive passengers can be shared among airlines.
Yesterday Jet2 slapped a lifetime ban on three passengers on a flight from Glasgow to Dalaman last week who it claims were spitting, stripping, stealing and swearing on board.