The last time I flew I had the lovely wine and watched a fantastic French arty film and sobbed and sobbed while all those watching Death Murder Violence 7 stared at me in bewilderment. WOULD YOU DENY ME THAT? WOULD YOU?
If passengers appear to be drunk before boarding the plane they should not be allowed on board.
I have seen a similar air rage incident involving a single pax who was drunk before boarding the aircraft. When the aircrew refused her more alcohol she started on her duty free!. She was both noisy and disruptive and was subsequently handcuffed to her seat. She was arrested and taken off the plane by the police and in front of the other pax when the aircraft arrived in the US.
At least these people have been banned; this particular pax who caused the bother on our flight was not.
Diverting the plane costs the airline a great deal of money in terms of additional landing and other fees incurred so they will not divert aircraft unless absoultely necessary. Our flight was not diverted.
Attila - I had a similar experience on a shorthaul flight, the two drunks were arrested when they got off. We had to endure 3 hours of swearing and shouting with my two kids with me a row infront of them and no spare seats to move to. They were also drinking their duty free after the crew refused to serve them, and getting more drinks off their mates who were still being served. The cabin crew didn't know what to do, just told me they were aware and keeping an eye on them. Was awful.
Actually, I've second thoughts, your right out of 300 passengers you will find a proportion of people who think they have the right to do whatever they like and say whatever they think to whoever they choose. Banning booze won't help those who are stupid and selfish.