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No More Ugly Drunks: Airline To Try Three-Drink Limit

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | June 04, 2015

No More Ugly Drunks: Airline To Try Three-Drink Limit

Some of the worst kinds of passengers on a flight are the people who drink too much and get out of hand, but Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is doing what it can to cut down on these incidents by instituting a limit on alcoholic beverages served per person.

According to Norwegian news website The Local, SAS encountered several incidents with drunken passengers in 2014 and has enacted a rule that would limit customers to three alcoholic beverages for those traveling within Europe.

While the new rules are not mandatory, they are to be used by the crew as guidelines to follow, with discretion still being a key to the solution. In addition to cutting people off, SAS already has the power to refuse to let passengers on board if they appear too drunk.

SAS head of media relations in Sweden, Malin Selander, told The Local, “We had a few situations last year, but I can't go into the details. These are not hard and fast rules, but guidelines that cabin crew can lean on so that if passengers appear to be getting too drunk they can be asked to stop drinking."

This is a huge step for airlines across the world as SAS is the region's biggest carrier and is partially owned by the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian governments. For perspective, 28.4 million passengers flew with SAS between 2013 and 2014.

If an airline with as much clout in Europe as SAS can make a change this drastic, it could become an industry norm over time.

While Selander was unable to go into details about the airlines run-ins with drunken passengers, there have been several incidents that have made the news. Low-budget airline has also dealt with several drunken passengers and has started lifetime bans for customers who cause problems.

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