Last night I was listening to a talk-radio show in the car (CFRB 1010 for those of you familiar) and was listening to the Ryan Doyle show. After discussing the sentencing of one of the Toronto 18 he brought up the topic of removing alcohol from aircraft and possibly from the airport. It sparked quite the radio debate and I called in.
This is my take:
I think alcohol should be removed from aircraft because you are serving a substance that can easily be abused and can cause a dangerous and tense situation in a very contained environment. I know that most people can hold their alcohol or know when to stop but sometimes F/A's just let the alcohol flow and the person becomes a nuisance. When someone becomes dangerous and out of control on board it can require a diversion which costs the airlines some money and irritates all the other paxs. Regarding alcohol in the airport, I think it should be allowed as long as the Gate Agents are well trained in determining if a pax is fit to travel or if they should be denied boarding. That way the aircraft won't have any alcohol related problems once in the air.
I really want to generate a good debate and discussion here, so, what do you think?