The British can’t handle their drink. They get drunk any chance they can and even brag about it.

They drink the most, when they’re on holiday. The first chance they get is at the airport. When I catch a flight early in the morning, I’m amazed at how packed the bar is.

About 270m passengers passed through UK airports last year and spent an estimated £300m ($439m) on alcohol. Around a fifth of total retail sales in British airports is on booze!

Arrests of passengers suspected of being drunk at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50% in a year. A total of 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017 – up from 255 the previous year.

The Civil Aviation Authority reported a 600% increase in disruptive passenger incidents in the UK between 2012 and 2016 with most involving drink. More than half of cabin crew surveyed said they’d witnessed disruptive drunken passenger behaviour.

People who get drunk before they get on a plane are not nervous flyers, they’re scared of being sober.

Something changed in this county. I left Britain in 1983 and lived in New Zealand & Australia. Before I left, people used to be embarrassed about getting drunk. The next day they’d apologise and say, “I think I was ‘tipsy’ last night” or sheepishly say, “I think I had one too many”. When I came back to the UK in 1997, I noticed that people had started to boast about getting drunk. I remember a workmate saying to me, “I was so wasted last night, I came home and threw up in the frying pan!”

Call me nostalgic but I miss the embarrassment and the shame and I don’t like seeing drunks at the airport.

I miss the old days when the most disgusting example of drinking at the airport was when you’d see an old bloke slurping his tea out of a saucer.

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