Travellers behaving badly

Travellers behaving badly.

ALICANTE AIRPORT: Fewer planes but fewer problem passengers.

IN 2019 the Alicante Airport authorities had to deal with 192 incidents involving antisocial passengers.

This was more than any other Spanish airport, but as the number of passengers travelling for pleasure or business plunged, so did the number of incidents. These fell to just 15 between January and the end of July according to Spain’s State Aviation Security Agency (AESA).


Two people were also removed from their aircraft for disruptive behaviour, compared with 32 in 2019. Madrid Airport headed the list of troublemakers during this same seven-month period, followed by Alicante, Malaga, Tenerife South and Gran Canaria.

Palma airport, which had the second-highest number of problem passengers last year registered only three. Madrid also six unruly passengers taken off their plane, followed by Malaga (5), Alicante, Fuerteventura and Manises (Valencia) with two each.

Overall, AESA registered 141 incidents between January and late July with Spanish travellers causing the most trouble, followed by the British, Germans and Romanians.

AESA has now made a video, alerting passengers of the consequences of “inappropriate” behaviour during flights which could incur fines of up to €5,000.

The passenger or passengers involved will also have to cover the cost if a flight needs to be diverted.The video has been shared with the other European countries that collaborate with AESA, including the UK where it has been “widely distributed,” sources said.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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