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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ban Sought for Alcohol on Flights

Police say it happens far too often: air travelers, drunk even before departure, cause disturbances that delay flights or worse.

Now the Interior Ministry is considering calling for an alcohol ban on commercial flights. "I don't rule out that we will raise the question of the need to prohibit alcoholic drinks aboard airplanes," said the head of a ministry department responsible for transport, Vyacheslav Zakharenkov, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

Police are concerned by "instances of debauches by drunken citizens that cause departure delays," Zakharenkov said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Zakharenkov mentioned a recent incident in which a Transaero flight from Moscow to Bangkok was delayed for 10 hours after three drunken passengers smoked cigarettes on the plane and became involved in a confrontation with the cabin crew.

The offenders were eventually removed from the flight at Domodedovo Airport, but their baggage had to be removed and the cockpit crew replaced because of rules governing the amount of time pilots can spend on planes. The incident took place Feb. 7.

Zakharenkov also said people who have been drinking sometimes feel sick during flights, which can also cause problems. It was not clear whether the potential ban would include beer. Zakharenkov indicated that an alcohol ban in airports would not be proposed.