'Drunk air passengers are not dealt with as it's not in commercial interests'

'Drunk air passengers are not dealt with as it's not in commercial interests'

More passengers have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk (Stock image)

Monday, August 14, 2017

No one is dealing with drunk passengers being allowed to board flights as commercial interests are being looked after instead, according to a former airline pilot.

A BBC Panorama investigation has shown the amount of passengers being arrested on suspicion of being drunk on flights and in airports has risen by 50% in a year.

Terry Tozer told Julia Hartley-Brewer that authorities, airlines and airports are "passing the parcel [on the issue] and looking after their commercial interests" because alcohol sales are a major form of income.

He believes drunk passengers should be "offloaded [before the flight departs] and not allowed to travel. That would help a lot. That would make a difference.

"If that happened then we would start to see a change of culture" and "there’s no reason why that can’t be enforced. I think it’s really down to the authorities, the airlines, the airport operators."

He added: "I’m pretty shocked that anybody wants to get plastered before they get on an aircraft," and it's completely unfair on cabin crew "to have to deal with people who have got behavioural problems" due to alcohol.

Listen to the full interview above

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