Alcohol sometimes turns vacationers violent on flights. The situation has become so serious for some local authorities that they requested a helping hand from Brussels.
But the EU institutions have no plans to intervene, and instead have deferred the headache to national governments and airlines.
An EU official explained that Brussels has no competences to limit or ban the sale or consumption of alcohol at EU airports or during flights. It is a national competence “exclusively”, the official added.
Cases are becoming more visible as videos of couples having sex in their seats or drunk passengers being expelled by security personnel go viral on YouTube.