Russia May Ban Duty-Free Booze

Russia May Ban Duty-Free Booze

By Ben Feuerherd 02/05/13

Bottles could soon be banned from flights over the rising "security threat" of drunk passengers.

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There are plenty of reasons not to drink and fly, but Russians may soon lose the privilege of bringing bottles on airplanes altogether. After a few too many of the nation's travelers have caused a public ruckus in the sky, the Russian government is considering a new bill to ban duty-free booze from airplanes. To shore up support for the bill, state television is broadcasting amateur footage from a recent flight from Russia to Thailand that was forced to land after a Russian man attacked other passengers. The ads also include footage of a man head butting a steward during a flight, a brawl among passengers in line for the bathroom, and the now-famous incident of a passenger who was so belligerent, he got tied to his seat with his mouth taped shut. "Changes are needed to end such uproar on planes," says Vitaly Yefimov, of Russian parliament's transport committee. "It's a direct threat to flight security." Russia has the fourth highest per-capita alcohol consumption in the world, according to a 2011 World Health organization report.