In order to maintain ‘a pleasant environment’ on board, Eurostar has restricted the number of alcohol passengers can carry on the train. According to reports, passengers will now be allowed to carry only one bottle of wine or maximum of four cans of beer, but no spirits.
An outcry over the new policy was expressed on social media. A statement by a Eurostar spokesperson, however, confirms that the new development was introduced since last year in autumn.
Passengers expressed their outcry to the Press Association, “I think the policy is there for sports fans who come on drunk and disturb other holidaymakers. Something should be in place – like an extra fee – for those types of travelers,” commented one of the passengers.
While another rail expert, Mark Smith, who is responsible for passenger seat61.com website expressed his disapproval through a tweet, “Eurostar has quietly changed its luggage policy which was completely unnecessary. Previously its policy was easygoing, it was sort of what you would expect. I’m aghast at the change, it seems draconian.”
In response to the introduction of the new policy, a company spokesperson for Eurostar commented, “This decision was made to maintain a pleasant environment on board for all our travelers. Those that wish to take more with them for consumption at home can do so using our registered luggage service, EuroDespatch.” However, Eurostar did not report on the number of customers that were held for bringing alcohol over the limit on board.
“This decision was made to maintain a pleasant environment on board for all our travelers. Those that wish to take more with them for consumption at home can do so using our registered luggage service, EuroDespatch,” the company said. Moreover, the company commented on the policy of scanning passenger luggage, as it is practiced on the airports. The company alleged that it holds the right to confiscate alcohol over limits.
Only time will tell if the new policy affects the profits of Eurostar.