The Home Office is set to launch a review of licensing laws at UK airports, and to decide whether to extend high street regulations to airport terminals. Pubs and restaurants in “airside” sections of UK airports are currently exempt from the UK’s 2003 Licensing Act.
The proposals could see a ban on alcohol sales before 10am, halting early-morning drinking for holidaymakers.
Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime, defended the review and stated disorderly behaviour at airports and onboard aircraft is “entirely unacceptable”.
She said in a statement: “Most UK air passengers behave responsibly when flying, but any disruptive or drunk behaviour is entirely unacceptable.
The Government is committed to ensuring that the travelling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable
“The Government is committed to ensuring that the travelling environment for airline passengers remains safe and enjoyable.”
An industry insider echoed the sentiment, and warned that airports had become like the “wild west”.
They told The Sun: “It’s like the wild west in airports.
“You get sushi bars and burger chains offering pints or mixers - which they never would on the high street.
The Home Office is launching a review of licensing laws at UK