London: British low-cost airline Jet2 today said it has banned six “drunken” passengers from its flights after they behaved rudely to the crew, amidst growing incidents of “air rage” in the country.
Jet2 said the group caused problems on a flight from Newcastle to Tenerife on Saturday.
The airline has banned three people for a year and is refusing to fly another three home from the holiday island.
A spokeswoman said the group had been drinking “illicit alcohol”, which refers to alcohol bought before they boarded the plane.
The company said: “This group were rude and aggressive to our cabin crew after drinking illicit alcohol, and they should be in no doubt that the consequences of such behaviour will not be accepted.
“We want our customers to have an enjoyable flight experience without the actions of a disruptive few spoiling it and we will take all necessary action to stamp it out.” The company is asking for duty free spirits sold at airports to be sealed in bags amid calls for the government to review the issue.
This week, the BBC reported that there were 386 dangerous incidents in the UK in 2015 – compared with just 85 in 2013.
More than 250 million passengers pass through UK airports every year with close to two million flights.
Internationally, too, the problem of air rage seems to be growing.
The International Air Transport Association has seen a growth in the number of reports of unruly passenger incidents every year since 2007, with more than 10,000 reported last year.
A quarter of them mention drugs or alcohol as a trigger, the report said. PTI
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