The TSA reported that Memorial Day weekend represented pandemic era record high travel numbers. Yet, air travel is not quite back to normal. Passengers on Southwest and American Airlines will have to wait until fall before they can indulge in a tipple on their flights.
The airlines both stated that they will tentatively plan to resume booze service after September 13 when the TSA’s mask mandate is set to expire. However, masks were not the issue keeping he kegs corked.
Initially both airlines intended to resume drinks service earlier. However, the carriers cited recent upticks in passenger violence, including some high profile incidents involving passenger attacking staff, as the rationale behind their decisions.
“We also recognize that alcohol can contribute to atypical behavior from customers onboard and we owe it to our crew not to potentially exacerbate what can already be a new and stressful situation for our customers,” Brady Byrnes, American managing director of flight service, wrote in an email to flight attendants Byrnes.
In the interim, non alcoholic beverage service is back. And, if you spring for Business or First Class, an exception will be made. The more expensive seats will offer in-flight booze service.