Flights to popular tourist locations like Ibiza and Mallorca may soon be dry as authorities on the Balearic Islands are moving to ban alcohol in order to combat what they call âanti-social tourismâ.
The recent move was sparked by an increase in brawls and sexual behaviour taking place on flights, which have apparently been fueled by alcohol. The ban is not just for flights, however, as authorities on the Balearic Islands are pleading with Spain and the European Union to also ban alcohol in airports.
According to , Pilar Carbonell, the person overseeing tourism for the Balearic Islands, outlined why the alcohol ban is necessary.
Carbonell said: âWe ask the central government and the European commission to ban the consumption alcoholic drinks on flights and in airportsâ¦ to guarantee security ... and tackle anti-social tourismâ.
Carbonellâs statement also expressed that the main goal is to aid security and ensure passenger safety: âThe aim the measure is to improve passenger security and also that security forces in planes and airports in our islands, who are ten faced with drunk passengersâ.
Itâs not yet clear whether the initiative is to ban alcohol on flights specifically heading to the Balearic Islands or on all EU flights.
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