Cheers! City Council Approves Alcohol Consumption at San Antonio Airport Terminals

But you’ll still need to finish your margarita before boarding the flights.

SAN ANTONIO — Beginning June 26, travelers passing through San Antonio International Airport will be able to take the alcoholic beverages they sip outside of the facility’s food service areas and into wider areas of the terminal.

City Council approved the measure Wednesday morning, but Councilman Manny Pelaez voted “No.” Pelaez, who represents District 8, said he was concerned that the relaxation of drinking rules “would make it more difficult for flight attendants to keep passengers safe.”

The new ordinance was approved a year after Governor Greg Abbott approved permanent take-out liquor practices in Texas, giving legal effect to a measure the state had temporarily authorized during the pandemic to help keep restaurants local. afloat inside. meals were interrupted.

Once effective, it will only apply to drinks purchased with food in the terminal; passengers are not permitted to bring alcohol through security checkpoints and must finish their drinks before boarding.

According to a memo sent to city council officials, airports in Austin, Dallas and Houston, as well as several major airports across the country, have adopted similar take-out alcohol policies. It is the Department of Aviation’s hope that the change will result in increased revenue for airport restaurants.

Pelaez says he plans to sit down with airport staff for an “in-depth discussion” about the policy at some point.


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