Jet2, Ryanair, Easyjet, TUI passengers warned 'do not drink' before flight

Airline passengers and those at airports this summer have been warned DO NOT DRINK before your flight - or it could prove deadly. At Birmingham, Wetherspoons welcomes scores of customers and punters each and every day.

The most popular airlines at the city transport hub include Jet2, Easyjet, Ryanair and more. Other carriers who fly from Birmingham International include TUI as well as Fly Emirates and British Airways too, with all holidaymakers warned.

New research has found that falling asleep on a plane after drinking alcohol puts extra strain on the heart, which lowers the level of oxygen in your blood. The potentially fatal combination also increases the heart rate – even in young and healthy passengers.

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Dr Eva-Maria Elmenhorst, of the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne, said: “The situation might be different for passengers with pre-existing medical conditions. Their oxygen saturation might be low to begin with and then drop to even lower levels.

“So medical conditions might exacerbate leading to in-flight medical emergencies. I would advise people with heart or lung conditions to avoid drinking alcohol on planes.” In a new study, the research team concluded: ”Together these results indicate that, even in young and healthy individuals, the combination of alcohol intake with sleeping under hypobaric conditions (cabin pressure) poses a considerable strain on the cardiac system and might lead to exacerbation of symptoms in patients with cardiac or pulmonary diseases.”

The team of researchers went on and added: “Cardiovascular symptoms have a prevalence of 7% of inflight medical emergencies, with cardiac arrest causing 58% of aircraft diversions." Passengers on Ryanair flights are permitted to have duty-free alcohol on board, but they’re not able to drink it during a flight.

Jet2 does not allow anyone to bring alcohol on board with the purpose of drinking it. Tui permits alcohol in carry-on baggage and checked-in hold baggage as long as it does not have more than 70 per cent alcohol by volume.