New figures show 26 passengers have been arrested on suspicion of being drunk on a plane or at an airport in Essex in the last two years.
That’s one of the highest numbers in the country.
Across the UK, at least 442 people were held between March 2014 and March 2016, according to
Passengers convicted of being drunk on an aircraft can face a fine or up to two years’ imprisonment.
Below are the police forces which have arrested people on suspicion of being drunk on a plane or at an airport in the last two years;
Avon and Somerset – 4 on a plane, 3 at an airport
Bedfordshire – 4, 8
Devon and Cornwall – 0, 1
Essex – 0, 26
Greater Manchester – 21, 31 (compiled from descriptions of offences, not
Hampshire – 0, 3
Merseyside – 11, 23
PSNI – 1, 0
Northumbria – 11, 24
South Yorkshire – 9 (no distinction between aircraft or airport)
Sussex – 31, 97 (airport figure includes four arrests on suspicion of being
drunk or under the influence of a drug or an “intoxicating substance”)
West Midlands – 6, 19
West Yorkshire – 6, 6
Police Scotland – 46, 51 (airport figure includes several arrests on suspicion
of being drunk or under influence of drugs or an “intoxicating substance”)
The forces not listed either responded with a figure of zero or did not
provide comparable data.
The forces were asked;
Between March 1 2014 and February 28 2015, and between March 1 2015 and
February 29 2016, please provide;
1. The number of people arrested by your police force on suspicion of being
drunk (or drunk and disorderly) on an aircraft.
2. A separate breakdown of the number of people arrested by your police force
on suspicion of being drunk (or drunk and disorderly) in an airport. Please
provide separate figures for each of the two years.