British air passengers have been voted the biggest in-flight drinkers, yet boozy Brits are warming to the idea of alcohol-free flights, according to our latest research.
British holidaymakers were voted the biggest drinkers by international cabin crew, beating the Russians into second place.* Over half (54%) of Brits admit to kicking off their holiday with a stiff drink in either the airport or onboard their flight.
However, while many enjoy a tipple at 35,000ft, flying dry is becoming a more popular option, with 41% of Brits surveyed saying they would rather book an alcohol-free flight if it were offered by airlines. For almost a quarter (24%) the main motivation for flying dry was to avoid drunken passengers ruining the experience.
Unusually, the younger generations are most strongly in favour of banning alcohol on flights. Brits aged 18-24 were revealed as the ban’s biggest supporters, with only 18% claiming to enjoy in-flight drinking, compared with all older age groups. By contrast, holidaymakers from the North East are most strongly against ditching the drink.
This comes after recent debate about the future of in-flight alcohol served by commercial airlines, with Russian officials calling for an alcohol ban on all flights to prevent drunken behaviour on board.
Although British and Russian travellers might be the biggest on-board drinkers, these results are a clear sign that the popularity of alcohol-free flights is on the rise. It seems that travellers would prefer to forgo their favourite tipple rather than spend several hours sitting next to someone who has had one too many!
*Survey conducted by Skyscanner of 700 cabin crew members polled via cabincrew.com