Archive Teams Up with World Duty Free to Tackle Illicit Alcohol Consumption Onboard

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October 30, 2015 at 11:26

- Trials taking place at Manchester and Glasgow Airports

In an industry first, leading leisure airline and World Duty Free (WDF) have teamed up to trial the use of tamper-proof bags on sales of alcohol in airport shops. The scheme, that’s being conducted at two leading UK airports, is part of Onboard Together; a programme tackling the growing industry-wide problem of disruptive passenger behaviour associated with air travel.

Pioneered by, the trial started last week at Manchester Airport and will be extended to Glasgow Airport this week in a bid to help stamp out antisocial behaviour caused by illicit alcohol consumption onboard. Holidaymakers travelling with the airline and buying alcohol at either airport will have their goods placed in a sealed, tamper-proof bag prior to boarding, so they can enjoy them when they arrive at their destination.

Phil Ward, Managing Director of, said: “We are a family airline and holiday company carrying millions of passengers every year. Unfortunately disruptive passenger behaviour has increased and it is something we will not tolerate. We are taking a proactive stance to tackle this issue from many aspects, including this new trial of tamper-proof World Duty Free bags, to make sure an anti-social few don’t spoil the experience for the majority of customers that fly with us and want a fantastic holiday.

“Over the past couple of years, unruly passenger behaviour has increasingly been linked to excessive alcohol consumption prior to embarkation and from illicit alcohol onboard. We believe that the tamper proof bags will act as an additional barrier and deterrent to this as well as helping our cabin crew to monitor consumption.

“If this trial is successful it is something we will certainly look to permanently introduce at all the airports we fly from.”

Since launched its Onboard Together programme this summer it has successfully prosecuted and fined passengers for their disruptive behaviour and also banned a significant number from travel.