Arrests top 400

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This morning figures were released revealing the number of people in the UK arrested on suspicion of being drunk on a plane or at an airport

Bottle shaped One Too Many campaign
the logo of the One Too Many campaign

The information relates to the between April 1 2017 and March 31 2018, and between April 1 2018 and March 31 2019. It was obtained by using a Freedom of Information request by the news agency PA. It is incomplete as some police forces didn’t respond and major airports like Manchester, Bournemouth, East Midlands, Southend, Inverness and Humberside aren’t included. There is also no data from Northern Ireland.

The biggest group of those arrested was at Heathrow which might be explained away by the fact that it is our largest passenger carrier airport with 80 million passengers. The next largest is Gatwick with about 46 million and that is the airport that is in second place. Glasgow is in third place despite the fact that it is only the 8th busiest airport in the UK.

Fourth was Liverpool (our 12th busiest airport) and fifth was Birmingham – the seventh busiest airport. Stansted, Luton and Edinburgh airports were the next three in order which, are our 4th, 5th and 6th busiest airports. On the face of it then, alcohol related problems are less of an issue at these three airports.

London City which had just two arrests over the period is our fourteenth largest airport, Cardiff (our 20th busiest airport) had two; and Aberdeen (our 16th busiest airport) had three as did Southampton. (our 18th busiest) Exeter (the 23rd busiest airport) had just one arrest.

How is it that these five airports had much less of an issue? Is it because they smaller? Is it because they clamp down on action faster or don’t allow passengers to partake of so much before warning them? Is it because people don’t have to wait so long before their planes depart? Whatever the answer, airports should study the situation and see if they can clone it at their airports.

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