On April 1, 2019, long before the splash-driven COVID-19 mask challenge, I wrote: “Full and out of control passengers become a real problem when they grope and attack flight attendants, fight against other passengers and air marshals, try to open the floating door in the middle the flight and try to get into the cockpit. April Fool’s Day-dated story title? “Should carriers consider banning alcohol on airplanes?”
Since then, the situation has not improved. Passengers released from ‘house arrest’ from COVID-19 have come to a standstill. A woman literally knocked his teeth out of a stewardess from the southwestern United States. Since February, U.S. airlines have referred more than 1,300 irregular passenger reports to the Federal Aviation Agency. Passengers have been detained on board, planes have turned around, police or the FBI have arrested or interrogated passengers. Delta has threatened expulsion from SkyMiles. That Washington Post primarily proposed a ban on alcohol despite 70 years of serving adult beverages, onbard?
Two years ago, it was an April Fool’s joke, which
On board alcohol is a precious benefit of flying First or Business Class – which pays the bills for most airlines.
Splashes can be both a pacifier and a source of profit in economics; that $ 7 built-in beer can cost the airline a dollar.
Drinks (in moderation) can help passengers get through the day’s flight conditions.
But bad behavior has recently driven Southwest and the U.S. to temporarily curtail (not “ban”) the sale of alcohol. Southwest, like other U.S. airlines, suspended all onboard service in the early days of the pandemic. Social distance and limiting the contact between flight attendants and passengers was the idea. Temporary termination of flight service may have helped – it is assumed that airlines do does not be large COVID vectors.
Southwest has slowly returned to serving snacks and drinks to passengers. However, “after an increase in incidents that traveled into the industry and involved disruptive passengers, we stopped previously announced plans to resume alcohol service on board.” Southwest does not currently have a timeline for “full recovery of pre-pandemic service on board”, ie. alcohol.