Major airlines ban alcohol on all flights, change travel policies

 Tuesday, September 14, 2021 

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The COVID pandemic has brought about many changes to air travel.

It includes everything from universal mask mandates to changing the way we board planes to allow social distancing.

Some policies have changed over time, such as keeping middle seats empty or stopping food and beverage service.

But now, some major airlines are banning alcohol during flights to keep everyone safe.

With the mask mandate being extended to January 18, 2022, there are no current plans to bring back alcohol prior to January 2022 said Randall Miller, Senior Manager of In-flight Ops, Initiatives, and Design for Southwest Airlines.

After announcing in May that the airline would resume serving in-flight beer, wine, and cocktails by late June, a violent attack from an unruly passenger that sent a flight attendant to the hospital led executives to postpone the return of boozy beverages.

On Aug. 19, American Airlines announced that it would be extending its own suspension of alcohol sales through Jan. 18.

While travellers in first and business classes can still imbibe, the rules affect all passengers in the main cabin.

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