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Government launch airport licensing law call for action

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Government launch airport licensing law call for action 2nd November 2018

The Government is seeking evidence on alcohol-related disruptive behaviour at our airports and the impact airside alcohol licensing could have on reducing this problem.

In May 2016, the House of Lords appointed a Select Committee to carry out post-legislative scrutiny of the Licensing Act 2003 (“the Act”).

The Select Committee took a particular interest in disruptions caused by drunken airline passengers and implications of airside alcohol consumption for crime, disorder and public safety at international airports in England and Wales.

The Select Committee recommended in its report, published in April 2017, that in light of the increased number of alcohol related incidents at airports in recent years, the government should revoke the exemptions from the Act that apply to 24 international airports in England and Wales. The government committed to issuing a call for evidence in response to this recommendation.

The aim of this call for evidence is to allow the Government to assess:

•    the true scale of the problem of drunk and disruptive passengers at international airports in England and Wales
•    the extent to which airports and airlines use effectively the existing statutory powers and other measures to address the problem
•    the impact of these interventions as well as the proposed application of the Act

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