American Airways will not resume alcohol gross sales in its fundamental cabin till September.
An inside memo to flight attendants Saturday says financial system passengers should wait till at the least Sept. 13 earlier than they’ll order a mid-flight drink. The Fort Price, Texas-based airline had beforehand introduced plans to end its pause on alcohol gross sales in the financial system cabin this summer time however hadn’t set a date.
Alcohol gross sales in the principle cabin have been first suspended in late March 2020 to restrict interactions between passengers and flight attendants amid the COVID pandemic. The choice to proceed no alcohol gross sales via many of the summer time comes after quite a few accounts of unruly passengers in current months, together with one incident wherein a Southwest Airlines flight attendant lost two teeth after allegedly being assaulted by a passenger.
“Over the previous week we’ve seen a few of these stressors create deeply disturbing conditions on board plane. Let me be clear: American Airways is not going to tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews,” Vice President of Flight Service Brady Byrnes mentioned within the memo. “Whereas we respect that clients and crewmembers are desirous to return to ‘regular,’ we’ll transfer cautiously and intentionally when restoring pre-COVID practices.”
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So what does that imply for passengers?
Pre-departure beverage companies stay suspended within the premium cabin (first and enterprise class), however alcohol will proceed to be supplied in flight. Snack baskets will return within the premium cabin and might be supplied on flights between 500 and 899 miles.
In the principle cabin, nonalcoholic drinks like canned drinks, juice, espresso and water might be out there upon request for flights underneath 250 miles and might be included on longer flights.
Southwest Airlines also ditched plans to renew alcohol gross sales this summer time after the uptick in violent incidents with passengers. The airline didn’t say when it plans to renew alcohol gross sales.
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Different airways have already introduced alcohol again to some degree. Discounters Spirit and Allegiant have been promoting alcohol for months, and Alaska Airways resumed alcohol gross sales in the principle cabin on Could 19. United plans to start out promoting beer, wine and White Claw arduous seltzer in financial system on June 1. Delta has been serving alcohol in common financial system since mid-April and can introduce a custom beer from SweetWater Brewing throughout Memorial Day weekend.
Contributing: Daybreak Gilbertson