EXCLUSIVE: For the first time the true scale of badly behaving air-passengers is known across the UK.
ITV Tonight can exclusively reveal there were 2,729 alleged ‘disruptive-passenger’ crimes nationwide at airports and on planes. We already know police made 387 alcohol related arrests in the past 12 months.
However, there were actually twice as many, ‘disruptive passenger’ arrests for the same period - 901.
There were more than 300 cases of suspected physical attacks since 2013/14. Passengers were also detained for being drunk, making threats to kill, harassment and for suspected sexual assault.
The programme contacted all 45 police forces in Britain to ask how many arrests have been made for what they call disruptive passenger behaviour - which includes being drunk or violent.
All 45 police forces responded to the Freedom of Information request by the Tonight programme. We contacted the government in relation to the programme.
A government spokesman said: “There are no plans to specifically address the issue of alcohol at airports.”
Many of the UK’s airlines the programme contacted told us they had a zero tolerance policy on drunkenness and bad behaviour. Some are imposing limits on inflight drinks.
See more at 7:30pm on Thursday 31st August on ITV as Aasmah Mir investigates Fight or Flight? The Drunken Truth
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