• 32,000 flights departing UK airports during August Bank Holiday weekend
  • CAA reminds passengers of the penalties for drunken and unruly behaviour

With more than 32,000 flights departing UK airports this weekend the UK Civil Aviation Authority warns passengers to allow plenty of time when travelling to the airport, particularly as roads will be congested and some rail routes will be closed due to engineering works.

While we hope everyone enjoys the last Bank Holiday of the summer, the CAA continues to remind passengers that drunken and abusive behaviour at an airport or on an aircraft is totally unacceptable and offenders can face a sentence of up to five years in jail. 

New CAA data shows that even before the busy summer flying season began, the Regulator had already received more than 200 incident reports about disruptive passengers from UK airlines in 2018.

Richard Stephenson, Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “The aviation industry will be working hard this weekend helping everyone going on holiday to have a trouble-free journey.  We therefore call on all passengers to act responsibly as drunken and abusive behaviour is totally unacceptable. Not only does it cause distress to fellow travellers, but it can jeopardise flight safety.

“Passengers need to know they will face the full weight of the law should they be found guilty of disorderly behaviour.”


Notes to Editors:

The latest disruptive passenger figures mirror previous years, which have seen over 400 incidents reported for each full year, many involving acts of violent and intimidating behaviour.

Date Number of reports 
2013 98
2014 145
2015 195
2016 415
2017 417
2018 202 (to 16 July)
Total 1472