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Disruptive air passengers warned
Manchester airport
Disruptive passengers face large fines or imprisonment
Police at airports across the UK have joined forces with the airline industry to adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to disruptive passengers.

The initiative is said to be a united front against travellers who cause trouble on planes or in airports.

The UK Disruptive Passenger Initiative was launched on Monday at Manchester airport by the Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable, Michael Todd.

He warned trouble-causing passengers will "pay the price".

People who turn up drunk for flights or are abusive may be refused access to the airport.

This sort of behaviour can frighten and upset fellow passengers and be downright dangerous if it happens in flight
Chief Constable Michael Todd

Passengers who are too drunk to fly can have their flight tickets removed without compensation, and those who cause trouble on flights could face imprisonment and substantial fines.

They could also be liable for any costs incurred if the flight needs to be diverted because of their behaviour.

The initiative is supported by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA), the Crown Prosecution Service, airlines and airport authorities.

It has been launched before an expected increase in air travel during the World Cup and the summer holidays.

Mr Todd, who is the ACPO lead officer on transport security, said: "This sort of behaviour can frighten and upset fellow travellers if it occurs in terminal buildings, and be downright dangerous if it happens in flight.

"This joint initiative with our partners in the air travel industry shows a united front to disruptive passengers.

"It leaves them in no doubt, that should their behaviour fall short of what we consider acceptable, it will be them that end up paying the price, which could be more than 40,000."

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