Traveller face ban on morning drinking as government considers shutting ...

Brits are facing a ban on morning drinking at airports as the government considers pushing forward with new plans to keep bars shut until 10am.

Airlines have been demanding changes on the sale of alcohol for years due to a rise in issues with drunk and rowdy passengers.

The number of reported incidents of abusive and disruptive behaviour in the air has more than quadrupled in four years.

The Home Office is set to launch a review into whether to extend high street licencing laws across airports in the UK, according to The Sun.

It could mean pubs, restaurants and duty free shops would have to delay serving alcohol until 10am- ending the early morning tradition of a pre-flight pint.

Ministers are considering a crackdown on binge-drinking at airports after a surge in bad behaviour on flights

Ministers are considering a crackdown on binge-drinking at airports after a surge in bad behaviour on flights

Currently licensing laws that prevent the sale of alcohol outside permitted hours do not apply to 'airside' sales – once passengers have gone through security.

Airlines have for years described this as a 'legal loophole' which enables retailers to sell alcohol irresponsibly at any time of the day or night.

Unlike high street pubs and restaurants, they do not have the threat of being stripped of their licence if they behave irresponsibly – such as selling alcohol to drunk passengers.

Some airside bars have encouraged binge drinking by selling 'two-pint measures' – even though it is a criminal offence to be drunk on a plane.

Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins told The Sun that 'drunk or disruptive behaviour' in the skies was 'unacceptable.'

But UK Hospitality boss Kate Nicholls said: 'New legislation would be unnecessary and unfair and demonise pub goers who deserve the right to enjoy a drink when going on holiday.

'The vast majority do so responsibly.'

Last year pub firm Wetherspoon, which has locations at airports across the country, said it 'did not believe extra regulation was needed' at airports and said staff 'understand their responsibility' not to serve drunk passengers.

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