Some airlines, like American Airlines and Southwest, still won’t sell alcohol on board in coach. But passengers bring it on anyway. They’re not supposed to bring it through TSA (unless it’s a mini bottle that fits in a 100ml freedom baggie). Most people bringing their own alcohol on board buy it inside the airport. Many airports have restaurants that sell it ‘to go’ which is sort of strange because the only places you’re going to bring the drink are,
- With you to the plane
- With you to the parking lot or other transportation
- To pregame at the game
American Airlines has been lobbying heavily against the practice of to go alcohol sales inside of airports. The FAA has pushed against this. But it’s a revenue source and largely continues.
Record producer Stevie J – a Grammy winner for Puff Daddy’s debut album and known for his work with Mariah Carey, Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z – was kicked off a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta over to go alcohol in the airport on Friday. He and his son were told to toss their drinks before boarding. And things escalated.
Producer and DJ Steve “Stevie J” Jordan on Friday was escorted off of a flight alongside his son, Stevie II, who allegedly attempted to board a plane with alcohol despite warnings from airline staff.
First reported by TMZ, Delta Airlines personnel escorted the father and son off of the plane prior to its departure from LAX, insisting Stevie disobeyed a staffer’s instruction to dispose of an alcoholic beverage he purchased in the terminal before boarding.
Here he is being interviewed about the incident, where he claims it’s racially motivated.
He says he was having a pre-flight cocktail and they tossed their drinks as requested. Apparently though there must have been something left in the container, and they wanted to bring the containers on board because “the gate agent was particular about wanting each container empty.” (Ya think?)
Both passengers took a later flight to Los Angeles for the producer’s daughter’s birthday.