It’s Not Really Turbulence Until You Lose Your Wine

They say the only true drinking problem is someone who never buys. That isn’t quite right, because when you lose your wine that’s a problem too.

It’s easy to forget incidents like Singapore Airlines SQ308 Singapore – London in mid-2013 where 11 passengers were injured and the plane’s ceiling was covered in coffee. Here are photos from that incident:

That’s a disaster, and most turbulence isn’t nearly so bad. For instance, how big a deal is it when you lose all the breakfasts in American Airlines premium economy?

You should always wear your seat belt, even when the seat belt sign is off, because turbulence can be a surprise. But there’s no known wine seat belt. And on one flight the plane shook so badly a bottle of wine was apparently sent shooting off into the ceiling of the aircraft.

Some airlines won’t serve hot beverages when the seat belt sign is on. Fortunately most alcoholic beverages aren’t served hot. (Sake by the way shouldn’t be.) Chilled and room temperature beverages apparently represent a threat, too…

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. GOOD sake shouldn’t be served hot. People drink hot sake all the time during the winter.

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