If you’ve only taken one flight in your life, you know the Safety Announcement exercise – a recitation of dos and don’ts, what to do in an emergency, how to put a mask, even how to lock your seat belt.
Not once since the advent of commercial flights has the flight crew mentioned alcohol consumption.
In fashion now
Drinking on board flights has become such a problem and a catalyst for fights between passengers and crew, that airlines now address it during pre-flight safety announcements, according to the Washington Post.
Several airlines have added reminders about their alcohol policy during the pandemic – for example, don’t drink it if they haven’t served it.
And many still ban the service of alcohol in flight.
The Southwest and the United States have banned alcohol sales until January 2022, coincidentally also when the federal mask mandate is due to expire.
“We do everything we can to help create a safe environment for our crew and customers on board our planes,” American Airlines said in a letter to flight attendants.
The problem is that many passengers consume alcohol in the boarding area or, worse, bring their own on the flight even though FAA regulations prohibit passengers from drinking alcohol on board the plane. unless it is served by the air carrier.
American Airlines said in a statement it has updated its preflight announcements to reflect new information on mask rules, coronavirus safety measures and “policies related to alcohol consumption. on board. These announcements are made regularly throughout the trip by boarding agents, flight attendants and pilots, ”the statement said.
JetBlue has also adjusted its ads to “make it clear that personal consumption of alcohol is not allowed,” spokesman Derek Dombrowski said in an email.