Drunk schoolchildren could be banned from flying, says AFP – Australian Aviation

A Scoot 787-8 is the first international arrival at Gold Coast’s new terminal

AFP has warned it could ground schoolchildren who are drunk or misbehaving at the airport to prevent serious incidents.

The force added that there had been 50 “poisoning incidents” and 10 attacks at Gold Coast Airport alone in the last year.

“We don’t want to be the party police, but AFP will make arrests if passengers are intoxicated or causing a disturbance,” said Josh Kinghorn, AFP airport police commander.

“We understand that school leavers want to celebrate the end of their exams, but passengers and airport staff deserve to feel safe during their flight.

“If offensive or abusive behavior occurs during the flight, AFP will wait at the terminal to apprehend the perpetrators and escort them off the plane.”

Police presence has also increased as drug-sniffing dogs patrol the terminals during busy school hours.

Behaviors that may justify a grounding include being intoxicated, public disturbance, smoking in restricted areas, carrying prohibited items, and incidents involving bodily harm.

School leavers caught with illegal drugs face drug possession charges and up to two years in prison.

AFP also warned school leavers, most of whom will be 18 after graduation, that they will be treated and tried as adults and urges them to be vigilant about current behavior.

It comes shortly after the Gold Coast’s new $260 million terminal expansion opened to international passengers on Thursday morning.

The three storey project, which opened inland in September, doubles the building’s capacity and offers ‘spectacular’ views of both the surrounding area and the north NSW hinterland.

In particular, it includes six new gates and space for up to 19 wide-bodied aircraft. New additions opening this week included Border Patrol and an expanded Heinemann Duty Free shop.

Gold Coast already operates international flights via Scoot, Jetstar and Air New Zealand, with Virgin Australia flying to Bali from March next year.

Its connections to Auckland and Singapore are now opening up connecting flights to long-haul destinations such as the UK, Europe and the US.

Designed by Hassell and built by Lendlease, the expansion includes a triple-height glass-walled departure lounge, four glass boarding bridges and space for 18 new food and retail outlets.

The development is part of a broader $500 million investment in the Gold Coast airport site since 2018, including the $260 million terminal, $86 million in airside works and other related infrastructure.

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