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Russia May Prohibit Carrying Duty-Free Alcohol on Planes
4.02.2013 08:46
Russia May Prohibit Carrying Duty-Free Alcohol on Planes

Russian lawmakers will consider a bill providing for a ban from carrying duty-free alcohol on board airplanes. The bill has become an answer to a rise in disruption caused by Russian drunk travelers.

      The first deputy chairman of the State Duma Transport Committee, Vitaly Yefimov, said members of the Russian State Duma plan to introduce a bill banning passengers from carrying alcohol on board in an effort to prevent violent behavior caused by drinking, Russian media reports.

      That decision followed several incidents involving drunk passengers on Russian planes. The latest of them took place on Sunday, February 4, when a Russian aircraft bound for Thailand made a forced landing in Uzbekistan when a 29-year-old drunken man attacked passengers. The attacker was held by the Uzbek police shortly after the landing.

      Earlier in January, a 54-year-old businessman Sergei Kabalov hit a steward after being caught in a toilet with a cigarette on a plane en route from Moscow to Egypt’s Hurghada.

      "All the cases give us the right to raise the question of introducing a ban on carrying alcohol on board,” Yefimov said.

      According to current safety requirements, it is allowed to carry duty-free alcohol on board the plane in a hand luggage.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian planes Russian aviation Russian law   

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