Ryanair flights to Spain ban passengers taking duty-free booze on board

BANNED: Ryanair restricts drunken behaviour onboard as they implement new rules Credit: Shutterstock

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RYANAIR has extended a clampdown on drunken behaviour on flights to Spain by banning passengers from taking duty-free booze to their seats.

Customers on some flights to Alicante, Palma, Malaga, Barcelona, Tenerife Sur and Ibiza have been getting emails setting out new rules for carrying alcohol.

The email states that any duty-free alcohol bought at the airport will have to be put in their luggage to go in the hold before boarding their flight.

This will be done at the gate and will be free of charge for those with priority boarding or one small piece of hand luggage. Others will have to pay a fee, and if the drink is in a bag not appropriate for the hold it will have to be binned.

The ban first started on flights to Ibiza and Alicante in 2017 but has since been extended.

The email reads:

“In order to prioritize the comfort and safety of all passengers, Ryanair will implement the following restrictions on your upcoming flight to Spain:

• Customers will not be allowed to carry alcohol on board and all cabin baggage will be searched at the boarding gates.

• Any alcohol purchased in airport shops or elsewhere must be packed carefully in a suitable item of cabin baggage, which will be tagged at the gate and then placed in the aircraft hold free of charge if you have purchased priority boarding or have a small piece of hand luggage. Customers will larger cabin bags who have not purchased priority boarding will be required to pay the appropriate fee.

• If the bag is unsuitable for placing in the hold (e.g. plastic bag) then customers will be required to dispose of the alcohol in the bins provided.

• Boarding gates will be carefully monitored and customers showing any signs of anti-social behaviour or attempting to conceal alcohol will be denied travel without refund or compensation.”

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  1. I understand they need to stop people getting drunk on the plane. But this ban will affect people who only want to buy duty free to take home and can carry it on the plane. Especially if they only have hand luggage and don’t want to put bags in the hold. It’s a very unfair way of doing things. It will also affect the sales in the airport. Not a good idea.

  2. It’s an unfortunate side effect from all the idiots who get drunk on the plane and cause planes to be diverted etc. Just a shame that the big stick needed to deter the goons who can’t control themselves has a knock-on effect to all the law-abiding people who just want to bring home a bottle and drink it at home.


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