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Alcohol Ban: Say Goodbye To That In-Flight Tipple (And Headache)

Are you a fan of getting comfy in your aircraft seat and then ordering a nice glass of bubbles to set you up for the journey? Well, thanks to COVID-19, that experience could now be a distant memory. You might want to sit down for this one.

Are you a fan of getting comfy in your aircraft seat and then ordering a nice glass of bubbles to set you up for the journey? Well, thanks to COVID-19, that experience could now be a distant memory. You might want to sit down for this one.

As you’re probably aware, most airlines have cut back on their inflight food and bevvy service, to minimise touchpoints and infection risk between staff and passengers; and cut costs wherever possible.

“No worries, we’ll just enjoy a refreshing alcoholic tipple with our snack pack instead…”

Errrm. No, unfortunately, you probably won’t.

According to CNN (don’t shoot the messengers!), several airlines are going completely teetotal and getting rid of alcoholic beverages aboard their flights.

Some airlines are only offering water and soft drinks to keep you hydrated with your pre-packaged, already-on-your-seat-at-boarding snacks and meals.

Healthier, I guess?

Say whaaat?

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On most flights, passengers are being encouraged to bring their own snacks and beverages aboard, as in-flight services are minimalised.

Passengers are also being told to remain in their seats as much as possible, and bathroom breaks are being monitored by cabin crew, so it’s probably best that you don’t get too full on liquid while onboard.

The face mask requirement whilst on board could be a blessing in disguise, as it might make it easier to actually not spend the entire flight scoffing food and drink!

Perhaps these new flight rules and regulations will help us catch up on some sleep, finish that book we’ve had next to our bed for 10 months or catch up on movies that we didn’t get around to watching during iso!

You might even be thankful that you don’t have to deal with that horrid inflight hangover headache anymore.

The Airlines

This is what we know so far…

Water, juice and soft drink only airlines include Easyjet, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Delta (domestic), British Airways and Virgin Australia.

Delta and American Airlines are still serving beer, wine, and spirits on long-haul international flights, and Cathay Pacific is still making drinks, including the alcoholic variety, on all its flights, but has suspended its pre-meal bar and pre-poured drinks service.

We’ll keep you posted as the 40,000ft drink drought continues…

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