'Not On My Flight' campaign targets unruly behaviour and excessive drinking on flights

'Not On My Flight' campaign targets unruly behaviour and excessive drinking on flights

Every three hours the safety of a flight within the EU is threatened by passengers demonstrating unruly or disruptive behaviour. Pic: iStock

Excessive alcohol consumption on flights and other unruly behaviour is being targeted in a new campaign by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Airports in Ireland are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the year with up 100,000 passengers departing and leaving Irish airports each day.

Cork Airport is expecting 60,000 passengers over the weekend.

However, the IAA said the safety of flights, passengers and crew can be affected by the unruly behaviour of a small minority of passengers.

The IAA has joined a global partnership spearheaded by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to promote a safety campaign, “Not On My Flight”.

They said that every three hours the safety of a flight within the EU is threatened by passengers demonstrating unruly or disruptive behaviour. At least 70% of these incidents involve some form of aggression.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the IAA said: “Flying should be an enjoyable and positive experience for passengers. Whilst incidents associated with unruly passenger behaviour occur on only a small number of flights, they can have a significant impact on flight crew, other passengers and even affect the safety of the flight."

"We want to remind passengers that their actions can have a direct impact on both the safety of crew and others on board an aircraft. Any kind of unruly or disruptive behaviour, including excessive alcohol consumption, introduces an unnecessary risk to all and it is therefore very important that passengers comply with crew instructions and do not distract the cabin crew from their duties. Please enjoy your flight and allow others to enjoy their flight as well.”

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