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Northern Ireland Flights

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of (a) drunken and (b) disruptive behaviour were reported on flights to and from Northern Ireland's airports in each of the last three years; and what steps he is taking to address this problem. (96512)

The number of reportable disruptive passenger incidents involving flights to or from Northern Ireland for 2003, 2004 and 2005, including those involving alcohol, is shown in the table. This information is produced from statistics reported by UK airlines to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) through the Disruptive Passenger Reporting Scheme. Information for 2006 is in preparation and will be published in shortly.

Number of reportable incidents

Number of reportable incidents involving alcohol

2003

14

8

2004

31

16

2005

28

10

The Government and the CAA encourage all UK airlines to participate in this reporting scheme and to adopt a zero tolerance policy to make clear that disruptive behaviour on airline flights is not acceptable.