Anyone planning to get a quick pint before their early morning flight at Southend Airport could soon find their hopes grounded.

New government rules are being considered which would look to end 24-hour drinking at airports.

The change comes after the International Air Transport Association reported there was a 50 per cent rise in the number of passengers detained for bad behaviour in just the last year.

If they come into affect, both Essex airports of Southend and Stansted would be affected.

Despite the change in rule, shops in the duty-free area would still be allowed to sell alcohol.

The plans could see the Home Office change licensing laws as early as this year.

Speaking to the Metro, a spokesperson from Airlines UK said: “While passengers can still enjoy a drink to start their holiday, airport outlets would be subject to the same requirements as bars, pubs and other outlets selling alcohol.”