UPDATE: Ryanair Clarifies ‘Alcohol Ban’ On Flights From The UK To Spain

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Monday, June 19 at 4:10 pm

News circulated last Friday, June 16, regarding an alcohol ban by Ryanair on passengers taking duty-free bottles on board flights.

In response to a request for clarification on this matter, Atrevia – which represents the airline in Spain – explained the situation to EWN this Monday, June 19.

A translation of the company’s email to us read: “We are not ‘banning’ or ‘confiscating’ duty-free alcohol at boarding gates. According to Ryanair’s terms and conditions, passengers may carry duty-free alcohol on board, but must not consume it during the flight’.


Friday, June 16 at 8:47 pm

Ryanair passengers have reportedly been hit with a ban that prohibits them from taking alcohol on board its aircraft when flying to Spanish destinations.

The Irish company is said to have emailed all customers who purchased flights to inform them of new regulations they must adhere to.

Passengers travelling from the UK to Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Tenerife South, Alicante and Barcelona will be affected by the measure.

On Thursday, June 15, both the Metro and Mirror carried the story and showed the text used in the email sent to passengers.

‘In order to prioritise the comfort and safety of all passengers, Ryanair will implement the following restrictions on your upcoming flight to Spain’, it read.

It continued: ‘Customers will not be allowed to carry alcohol on board and all cabin baggage will be searched at the boarding gates’.

‘Any alcohol purchased in airport shops or elsewhere must be packed carefully in a suitable item of cabin baggage, which will be tagged at the gate and then placed in the aircraft hold free of charge if you have purchased priority boarding or have a small piece of hand luggage’, it detailed.

The email concluded: ‘If the bag is unsuitable for placing in the hold (e.g. plastic bag) then customers will be required to dispose of the alcohol in the bins provided. Boarding gates will be carefully monitored and customers showing any signs of anti-social behaviour or attempting to conceal alcohol will be denied travel without refund or compensation’.

In a bid to deter the anti-social behaviour surrounding the effects of drinking alcohol, several areas of the Balearic islands already have a strict ban in place.

All-inclusive guests are only allowed a total of six alcoholic drinks per day in the popular resorts of Sant Antoni in Ibiza and Playa de Palma, El Arenal and Magaluf in Mallorca. Some Spanish resorts have also banned drinking alcohol in the streets.

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Chris King

Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at editorial@euroweeklynews.com