American Airlines won’t serve alcohol in coach until the federal mask mandate is lifted, so passengers are pre-gaming and – according to American’s CEO Doug Parker – they’re bringing their own alcohol on board.
The airline’s government relations team has been lobbying to get rid of ‘to go’ alcohol in airports. But when you buy alcohol to go it is generally a cup of alcohol or a glass, not a full 750 milliliter bottle.
A passenger took to twitter, though, to report on a “maskless passenger” who “drank a 750ml bottle of liquor” on the plane. How is this even possible?
- The TSA doesn’t allow passengers to bring liquids over 100ml through their checkpoints.
- Most airports don’t offer full bottle sales.
@theobserver @wcnc @WBTV_News @48hours @MSNBC 9/19 flight AA6184 maskless passenger on 4 hour flight. Drank a 750ml bottle of liquor, and was asked to put mask on 15+ times in 2 hours. Flight attendants were notified @ takeoff. Why wasn’t something done earlier? @AmericanAir https://t.co/OLKLhZfLr7
— ashley (@ashley27250228) September 20, 2021
American Airlines flight AA6184 is a Richmond – Philadelphia flight operated by American’s wholly-owned regional carrier Piedmont with an ERJ-145 regional jet. My first thought was where on earth would a passenger get a full-sized liquor bottle inside the Richmond airport, some airports do offer cocktails to go but for a full bottle you’d probably need a duty free store.
However the photo is clearly not the interior of an ERJ-145. Instead, it’s a Boeing 737. So the flight may not have been departing from Richmond. I’ve reached out to the passenger for further clarification.
Flight attendants union head Sara Nelson, possible next boss of the AFL-CIO, wants alcohol gone from airports and planes entirely. There’s a long history of prohibitionist activism around air travel dating to segregationist Strom Thurmond in the 1950s.
Alcohol on planes is rarely a problem, though it’s a good idea to keep people off of aircraft that are already under the influence. American makes that a lot harder by reducing staffing at gates so overworked agents can’t spot potential problems.