We’re living in turbulent times guys. Zayn has said farewell to One Direction to pursue a solo career, Clarkson has been booted off Top Gear after smacking a producer in the face, and soon we could have a new political party running the country. But in this confusing, ever changing world, it’s nice to know that there are some certainties we can hold on to, some things that will never change. Like a lighthouse shining out into the night, we look to these things for hope, for reassurance, to let us know that somehow, everything is going to be ok.
We all need our constant, simple pleasures in life. The greasy fry-up. The Sunday roast dinner. A good cup of tea (milk, no sugar). These things give us meaning, purpose, a reason to keep going.
Well, it seems as though one of our greatest traditions could be under threat, if the papers are to be believed. Earlier this month it was announced that none other than Ryanair would be banning alcohol on its flights from Glasgow to Ibiza.
That’s right, no more getting boozy at 40,000 feet. No more stumbling through customs, trying to remember which pocket in your all purpose cargo shorts you left your passport in. I mean, come on. What’s the point in going on holiday if you can’t get tanked up before you even arrive, I hear you cry. We might as well just pack away our deep v-neck T-shirts, snapbacks and tanning oil, stay home and spend our hard earned money on Tesco Basic Vodka and Pot Noodles instead, right?
Well, let’s not be too hasty.
According to various reports, Ryanair will no longer be allowing passengers to bring alcohol on flights from Glasgow to Ibiza, following various incidents of “inappropriate, drunken behaviour”. Back in September, a flight was apparently diverted due to these sorts of shenanigans, with a video surfacing on YouTube showing people screaming, shouting, swearing and stamping their feet. So because of this, you can no longer bring booze onto this flight.
A spokesperson for the airline was quoted saying the following:
“Having consulted with our customers and the airport, passengers flying from Glasgow Prestwick to Ibiza will no longer be permitted to bring duty free alcohol on board the aircraft.”
“Those who have purchased duty free alcohol will be asked to either place their purchases in their cabin baggage and into the hold at the boarding gate, or leave their purchases behind.”
“The comfort and safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we will not tolerate unruly behaviour at any time.”
And this is where all the shock, anger and downright horror has stemmed from. It seems to me, however, that people are getting angry for no real reason. Yes, passengers will no longer be allowed to take their own alcohol onto this flight, but it doesn’t mention anything about them getting drunk in the airport bar before they go, or purchasing booze while on board. You’ll notice that there is no mention of Ryanair stopping serving alcohol to passengers. Because why would they, when they can charge about 5 times the price you would normally pay for a lukewarm can of Carling?
So fear not, my faithful readers, your next trip to Ibiza hasn’t been worried. You may not be able to take duty free booze on your flight, but nobody can stop you from embracing the fine holiday tradition of a pre-flight pint in the airport Wetherspoons. And when it comes down to it, isn’t that what holidays are really all about?