One anonymous crew member told Panorama: #8220;The code of conduct isn#8217;t working… We#8217;re seeing these incidents on a daily, a weekly, a monthly basis. It#8217;s the alcohol mainly in the duty free that is the significant problem.#8221;
#8220;Two litre steins of beer in bars, mixes and miniatures in duty free shops, which can only be there for one reason #8211; you know, they#8217;re items that are not sold on the high street.
The Home Office said it was considering the report#8217;s recommendations, which include revoking the airports#8217; exemption from the Licensing Act, #8220;and will respond in due course#8221;.
World Duty Free said it was committed to dealing with the issue and that it displays #8220;clear advisory notices at till points, on till receipts and on carrier bags that remind customers that alcohol purchases cannot be opened until their final destination is reached#8221;.
She said they were working with retailers and staff to make sure they understand the rules.
A House of Lords committee report earlier this year called for tougher rules on the sale of alcohol at airports.
A total of 19,000 of the Unite union#8217;s cabin crew members were surveyed and 4,000 responded, with one in five saying they had suffered physical abuse.