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Airline passengers warned of disruptive behavior

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Press Association 2019

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Holidaymakers are warned that they could be imprisoned and fined tens of thousands of pounds if they were filled and cause chaos on aircraft.

The aviation sector launched its summer of 2019 A far too many campaigns on Friday reminding passengers of the serious consequences of disturbing aircraft and airports.

Warnings are broadcast on digital displays in stores and eateries at 14 UK airports.

The campaign was first launched in the summer of 2018.

Disruptive passengers risk being fined up to £ 5,000 or a two-year prison sentence.

If they get a flight to be diverted, they can also pay up to £ 80,000 to cover additional costs.

Four men on a drunken stag party were jailed in the Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday after fighting and using poor language on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from Manchester to Las Vegas.

The Civil Aviation Authority's figures show the number of disruptive passenger incidents in 2018 fell from 417 to 413 year-on-year, but some regional recreational routes experienced an increase.

About one third of the incidents are thought to be associated with alcohol.

Aviation Minister Baroness Vere said: "The vast majority of passengers themselves are responsible, but there is a small minority who can make flying uncomfortable or unsafe for others.

"It is clear that this will not be tolerated."

Tim Alderslade, CEO of the trading company Airlines UK, said: "We have seen some horrible events recently.

"The airline's crew has a hard enough job as it is, and they don't have to deal with the kind of behavior we see too often.

"Carriers are the ones who have to carry the wave of drunk and loutish behavior, and we will not hesitate to prosecute or issue a lifetime ban if we consider it necessary."

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