Four airports have bolstered the One Too Many campaign designed to combat disruptive traveller behaviour as the summer get-away starts for many today (Friday).
Bournemouth, Exeter, Norwich and Doncaster Sheffield airports will join 14 others across the UK posting warnings on digital display screens, bars and via social media.
Holidaymakers will be reminded that penalties can range from being denied boarding, fines of up to £80,000 or jail for the most serious offences.
The issue of drunken and abusive travellers is being highlighted as more than 8,800 flights are expected through UK airspace today.
It also marks the six-week milestone of the campaign’s relaunch. To date, it claims to have reached more than 2.4 million passengers via Facebook, as well as over 65,000 on Snapchat with numbers expected to surge as the summer holidays officially begin.
Francois Bourienne, chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum, said: “With record numbers travelling through UK airspace this summer, we urge passengers to remember to fly responsibly and begin the party at their destination rather than during their journey as disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Anyone found to be disruptive will face serious consequences. Do not be the one to ruin the experience of others, including fellow passengers and staff, in the airport or on board the flight.”
Airport Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee added: “This weekend will kick-start an extremely busy time for airports across the UK.
“More so than ever airport and airline staff will be prepared to prevent or deal with disruptive incidents.
“There is no place for disruptive behaviour in the aviation sector.
“Thanks to the One Too Many campaign and airports’ individual action plans, we have already seen signs of declining numbers of disruptive passengers in the most recent data from the Civil Aviation Authority.
“The entire industry, including the newly joined airports, are committed to acting together to see this decrease even further.”
Iata Europe regional vice president Rafael Schvartzman said: “As we head into the high point the British summer holiday it is important for travellers to be mindful of their fellow passengers, and the people working hard across the entire aviation network to make their holidays happen.
“There is no place for disruptive behaviour at airports or aboard an aircraft, and anyone who disrupts the travel experience of others should expect to face consequences for their actions.”
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