That refreshing airport pint of beer at 7am before a flight might be a thing of the past in Britain soon.
The Home Office is planning to close the loophole that allows airport pubs and bars to operate outside licensing laws.
A recent rise in air rage incidents has led to ministers wanting to stop 24 hour drinking in airports.
The Times reported a House of Lords review called for an end to 24-hour pre-flight boozing.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says there was a 50 per cent rise last year in the amount of passengers forcibly contained for bad behaviour.
A spokesman from the trade organisation Airlines UK said : ‘Airlines believe that the exemption for airports from the Licensing Act should be removed so while passengers can still enjoy a drink to start their holiday, airport outlets would be subject to the same licensing requirements as bars, pubs and other outlets selling alcohol in towns and cities, as well as landside at airports.’
The move will annoy countless travellers who do not cause problems after having a pint before their flights, which could be at any time of the day or night.
Rachael Parkes tweeted: ‘The only way to try and prevent this problem is to ban all alcohol at airports and on flights.
‘Boils down to the idiots in the world spoiling it for the rest of us who can behave when we have had a drink.’
The plans do not include any changes to the duty free laws which allows alcohol to be bought in airports 24 hours a day.