Police warn drunk passengers won't board flights in airport crackdown

Police and security at Aberdeen Airport warn disruptive passengers could be arrested in new summer Campus Watch campaign.

Starting a holiday at the airport pub is just as much a part of the process as going through security when travelling from Scotland.

However, police and airport security staff are warning that drunk and abusive passengers will not be tolerated on flights as the busy summer season gets underway.

Officers will be carrying out patrols at Aberdeen International Airport and said anyone being disruptive on board could be arrested.

Over the course of the last two years, there were 48 incidents requiring security at the airport.

Passengers warned over excess alcohol consumption

Seven of those were charged with offences by police.

William Wallace, manager of Aberdeen International Airport security said: “When they arrive at the airport, we look for any signs of loud behaviour or any disruption and we have got a process in place to manage that in a safe manner.

“If someone does arrive intoxicated there’s a fair chance they won’t get to go on their trip, or their dream holiday and it can cause a lot of inconvenience for them and their families and other passengers as well.”

The airport has joined forces with Police Scotland to launch Campus Watch to warn drunken or abusive passengers that they will be prevented from boarding flights.

This can also cause delays for other passengers or even a flight being cancelled.

Police will be patrolling Aberdeen Airport

Officers patrolling the airport will be trying to monitor ‘potentially problematic’ flights and large groups of holidaymakers.

Security will also be on hand to calm arguments over baggage. Passengers arriving to closed gates can also make problems.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Tough said: “We’re not here to spoil your fun, we’re asking you to be moderate, if you’re having some food and you want a drink – absolutely.

“But if we can insure that people aren’t over intoxicated on their departure flight then there will be less delays and less impact on the public.

“At the end of the day we just want them getting away on their holiday and having a great time.

“So please if you are coming as a group or individual just be respectful of other passengers but just don’t over consume.”

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