APH reveals 10 actions travellers can get fined for on a plane

The festive season is upon us and many travellers will be starting their Christmas travel by getting merry with a tipple at the airport. To allow passengers to make informed decisions about their actions and ensure they do not incur a festive fine before they arrive at their destination, APH has put together research that reveals the 10 actions travellers should avoid doing on a plane.

Fine on plane

All airlines are clamping down on holidaymakers’ drinking onboard flights. Starting this year, airlines have banned the consumption of alcohol purchased in duty-free whilst onboard flights and any alcohol purchased at airport duty-free will need to be packed into a sealed plastic bag. These special bags are labelled with the instruction: “Do not open alcohol purchases until your final destination.” Passengers are advised to place their purchases in their cabin baggage, in the hold at the boarding gate or leave their already-opened purchases behind. Passengers caught drinking duty-free alcohol mid-flight will receive a warning from the crew and could receive a fine of up to £2,000. Similarly, passengers indulging in one too many Christmas ‘spirits’ and other alcoholic beverages should remember to check their behaviour as those who disrupt flights with their drunken antics could be fined up to £5,000 or even have to spend two years in prison!

Safety onboard flights is paramount to airlines and therefore, passengers caught using the bathroom whilst the seatbelt sign is on will receive a warning from the cabin crew and a letter explaining this is both illegal and dangerous. Similarly, the safety of the cabin crew is equally as important and passengers deliberately blocking a flight attendant from walking down the aisle or out of the galley will receive a warning and could be met with a fine of up to £19,000. Also, travellers should note that a fine of £500 – £25,000 will be handed to those who smoke onboard.

Other more obscure actions that travellers can get in trouble for include: sitting in the stewards chair which will result in a warning from the stewardess about inappropriate behaviour; shining a laser beam into the cockpit mid-flight which will land passengers a £19,000 fine; and those passengers who consider wearing excessive amounts of clothing to avoid luggage fees should be warned they could be removed from the boarding gate or the flight by airport security. However, the heftiest fine is reserved for passengers who open the plane doors mid-flight. Travellers wishing to try this should think again as they may end up having to pay £85,000 for endangering other passengers and the crew, and disrupting the flight causing the plane to make an emergency landing.

Finally, a word of caution to all travellers, disruptive behaviour of any kind that leads to a flight being diverted will result in them being removed from the plane and a fine costing between £10,000 – £80,000.


ACTION WARNING REMOVED FROM FLIGHT FINE
Passenger wearing excessive amounts of clothing to avoid luggage feesPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger could be removed from the flight or boarding gate by securityN/A
Disruptive behaviour from a passenger that leads to the plane being divertedPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger will be removed from the flightPassenger will receive a £10,000 – £80,000 fine
Acts of drunkennessPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger will be removed from the flightPassenger will receive a fine of £5,000
Passenger could receive two years in prison
Passenger consuming alcohol they purchased in duty free onboard the flightPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger could be removed from the flightPassenger could receive a maximum fine of £2,000
Passenger sitting in the steward’s chair Passenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsN/AN/A
Passenger opening the plane doors mid-flightPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger will be removed from the flightPassenger will receive a fine of up to £85,000
Passenger shining a laser beam into a cockpitassenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsN/APassenger will receive a maximum fine of £19,000
Passenger deliberately blocking a flight attendant from walking down the aisle or out of the galley Passenger will receive a warning from flight attendantsPassenger could be removed from the flightPassenger could receive a maximum fine of £19,000
Passenger using the bathroom whilst the seat belt sign is onPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendants
Passenger will receive a letter of warning about this being illegal
N/AN/A
Passenger smoking onboard a flightPassenger will receive a warning from flight attendants Passenger could be removed from the flightPassenger will receive a £500 – £250,000 fine

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