Record numbers of drunks are causing mayhem on flights.

More than 4,000 journeys were disrupted last year – up nine per cent.

Now airlines want a ban on airports serving booze to curb air rage, which can end in assaults on passengers and crew, as well as flight diversions.

And the Home Office is said to be considering the move.

In one incident, passenger Stephen McGee, 31, “traumatised” cabin crew with a drunken rage on a Jet2 flight from Gran Canaria to Newcastle.

Last month he was sentenced to 13 months.

In another, a Ryanair plane from Manchester to Tenerife had to turn back when a passenger accused another of stealing his phone.

Airlines UK said there was “no reason” why airport outlets should be treated differently to pubs.

The Civil Aviation Authority said passenger arrests hit 417 last year.

Drunk passengers can face up to a £5,000 fine and two years in prison.

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