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Article from BTNews 23 AUGUST 2021

American stays dry *

Do you want a tipple on board?  If the answer is ’yes‘ don’t fly American Airlines.

The airline banned the sale of alcoholic drink back in June following a spate of inflight bad behaviour.

The airline now says it will extend this ban until January 2022, in line with the new date for the federal mask mandate lifting.

In the wake of a spate of inflight bad behaviour over recent months, American Airlines is taking the perhaps wise decision not to allow alcohol to contribute to the stresses already facing its flight attendants. The airline had said in the past that it would not resume alcohol sales onboard until 13 September, which is when the federal mask mandate was expected to expire.

However, this week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took the decision to extend the mask mandate until 18 January. Increased prevalence of the more contagious Delta variant was cited as the reason for the extension. As a result, American has extended its alcohol ban in line with this new timeline.


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Graham Greenwood, United Kingdom

IMHO, no passengers need alcohol on any flight, it would be likely to dehydrate the passenger to some degree anyway. It is much better to consume non alcoholic drinks when flying.

Tim Procter, United Kingdom

Surely serving alcohol should be at the discretion of the cabin crew? If I had to decide BA or AA over a 10-hour sector and a glass of wine with my meal then it certainly wouldn't be AA. More American madness that'll cost them dearly.

John Davidson, France

You say ban the sale of alcoholic drinks. Does that mean passengers in first or biz class can't get a G&T etc.?

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