An open debate "Rethinking your trip"
The rapporteur will participate in an open debate on "Rethinking your trip", organised by the Government of the Balearic Islands, the European Institute of Studies on Prevention and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance on 13 February in Palma, Mallorca.
Excessive alcohol intake by air passengers has economic, medical and welfare ramifications, and is identified as a top three risk to aviation safety. Incidents on airplanes may in the worst scenarios endanger the lives of many. Apart from the nuisance incurred to the other passengers, drunkenness on airplanes causes flights to be diverted, distracts the cabin crew from their normal safety duties and implies a hazard in emergency evacuations.
Similarly, excessive alcohol consumption seems to be continuing beyond the flight itself, causing anti-social behaviour and endangering their health. In this sense, dangerous practices or uncivil behaviours appear in some tourist destinations.
Thus, the aim of the Summit in Palma is to generate a policy debate in order to exchange knowledge and explore potential policy solutions.
The event will consist of an introductory section, with political and contextual speeches, and a technical part divided in two consecutive debate tables. The first one will focus on alcohol and fly-related incidents, whereas the second one will tackle alcohol on clubs and party areas and hotel-related problems.