By Vicky Anscombe on 23 July 2015

In a bid to cut down on booze-fuelled dramas, Ryanair has decided that duty-free alcohol is to be banned on all flights from the UK to Ibiza this summer.

This means that if you're planning to purchase a large bottle of Stolli the minute that you're through security and take large, heroic swigs throughout the flight, your plans have just gone awry.

The move has been taken by the budget airline in a bid to to stamp out drink-related problems on board.

Passengers flying to Ibiza with Ryanair will be searched at departure gates, and if you are caught trying to sneak alcohol on board, you won't be able to travel - or receive a refund. In fact, the clampdown also includes banning travel for 'anti-social behaviour', so if you think you can get the party started by downing 15 pints in the airport pub, you may find you're denied entry.

You can still purchase alcohol at duty free shops, but it must be placed in the hold luggage or disposed of at the gate. Oh, and if the alcohol's unsuitable for placing in the hold - for example, if it's just a few bottles in a plastic bag - you'll have to leave it at the gate. Bins will be provided for your disposal pleasure.

The airline is taking no prisoners with its new no-nonsense policy, and isn't afraid of clamping down on poor behaviour on flights. The new rules have been sent to all customers in an email, and apply to flights from all UK airports.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "The comfort and safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority."

It's becoming clear that excessive drinking on flights is becoming a bit of an issue for airlines around the world; Scandinavian carrier SAS recently imposed a three-drinks limit on passengers on flights within Europe. 

UK-based airline Jet2 has recently has firsthand experience of boorish passenger behaviour; in the last week, three of its passengers were banned for life because of swearing, spitting and stripping on a flight from Glasgow to Dalaman.

The low-cost airline has called for industry-wide action to tackle a 'shocking' rise in disruptive passenger behaviour, and has suggested a database to be developed so that information about disruptive passengers can be shared among airlines.

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