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UK Airports to Crack Down on Alcohol Sales

After a string of news stories involving drunken Brits behaving badly on flights, the United Kingdom's new aviation minister, Tariq Ahmad, is reviewing ways to restrict the sale of alcohol at airports.

Ahmad and his team say they will first conduct an investigation into how booze is sold at airport bars, restaurants, and duty-free shops. An outright ban seems unlikely, but the eventual measures adopted might be in line with the recently released UK Aviation Industry Code of Practice on Disruptive Passengers, a set of guidelines drawn up by airport industry folk.

That document recommends steps such as requiring all reports of disorderly passengers to be investigated by the police, forcing unruly passengers to pay for any damages they cause, and having airport bars and restaurants report drunk guests to the police.