Ryanair Calls for Morning Booze Ban Because of Dublin Flight Disruption

Ryanair has called for a pre-10am alcohol ban airports after a group of holidaymakers forced a flight bound for Ibiza from Dublin to divert to Paris at the weekend

A group of up to 20 holidaymakers were involved in the disturbance and three passengers were removed and detained by French police on arrival at Paris Beauvais on Saturday morning.

The Ibiza bound flight’s scheduled take-off was 8.50am on Saturday and Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight. The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.”

He added: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”

Mr Kiely said that the incident “is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am”.

He said: “It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”

The captain of the return flight from the party island to Dublin on Saturday afternoon – which was delayed by 2hrs 40 minutes as a result of the disturbance – apologised for the delay and explained that the outward flight had to divert due to up to 20 passengers being involved in the disturbance.