Ryanair to keep selling booze despite calling for airport ban
Ryanair has no plans to stop selling alcohol on its early morning flights, despite calling for a 10am airport booze ban.
The airline has asked for an alcohol ban to be put in place at airports after a group of Irish holiday- makers forced an Ibiza- bound flight from Dublin to divert to Paris on Saturday.
Ryanair serves a range of alcoholic drinks on its morning flights, but will not impose a ban as "very little alcohol is actually sold on board".
The airline added that it has a "zero tolerance" policy toward alcohol and disruptive behaviour.
"Cabin crew have full discretion when it comes to selling or refusing to sell alcohol to passengers on board," it said.
Dublin Airport Authority yesterday described Ryanair's proposal for a 10am booze ban as "highly draconian".
A spokesperson said intoxicated passengers are not a significant issue at the airport, and there is no proof that those travelling on the flight to Ibiza had been drinking at the airport.
They added a ban "would affect all passengers because of the behaviour of a very, very small minority".
Ryanair passengers aired their frustrations on Joe Duffy's Liveline yesterday.
Conor Leydon, from Cork, said he was on board a flight from Cork to Malaga when an intoxicated passenger was sick over his head and on to his laptop. He said the man was clearly drunk when he boarded.
However, Ryanair said in response that it does not allow intoxicated passengers on its aircraft.
In some airports in the UK, Ryanair customers flying to Alicante or Ibiza are no longer allowed to bring duty-free alcohol on board and are asked to place it in the hold or leave it behind.
Irish passengers flying to Ibiza, Alicante and Malaga are allowed to bring duty-free alcohol on to the aircraft but not drink it.
Ryanair has said that if unruly passengers become a "recurrent issue", this policy may be revised.
Speaking on Cork's Red FM, one of the men taken off the Ibiza-bound flight said Ryanair's decision was over-the-top.
"To be taken off for drinking a naggin is an over-reaction," said Niall Harrington, from Cork.