Authorities in the Balearic Islands, which is home to Ibiza and Mallorca, have asked Spain and the European Union to ban alcohol on flights and in airports as they battle “anti-social tourism.” The plea is due to recent publicized reports of alcohol-fueled sexual antics and drunken fights on flights to Mallorca and Ibiza where millions of visitors annually flock to resorts that are notorious for their excess of alcohol.
“We ask the central government and the European commission to ban the consumption of alcoholic drinks on flights and in airports,” said Pilar Carbonell who is in charge of tourism for the local government of the Balearic Islands. She said in a statement that authorities are asking that these actions be taken “to guarantee security … and tackle anti-social tourism.” The statement also said, “The aim of the measure is to improve passenger security and also that of security forces in planes and airports in our islands, who are often faced with drunk passengers.”
The Balearic Islands, Ibiza and Mallorca, have now become notorious for alcohol and drug binges, and tourists often get the party started while on the plane before they even get to the resorts. According to the Manchester Evening News, Spain’s Guardia Civil police force in May had to board a Ryanair flight in Palma to arrest three intoxicated men who fought all the way from the UK. The police agents were welcomed with applause from the rest of the passengers on the flight. Other flights have also had to be diverted due to drunken passengers. To be continued for this story!
Source: The Guardian