American Airlines won’t serve alcohol in coach, because they’re afraid it will make poorly-behaved passengers even worse. But they’ve found that customers keep bringing their own alcohol on board anyway. BYO and drinking it (not served by a flight attendant) is illegal. The airline has deployed its lobbyists to try to get airports to stop allowing restaurants to sell alcohol to go.
They’ll serve alcohol to first class passengers, though, and on a recent Charlotte-Miami flight one passenger was spotted with a full bottle on their tray table for the short 650 mile trip – impressive indeed for a two hour flight.
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This passenger didn’t bring the bottle themselves. They’re seated in the aisle and making no attempt to hide it. Instead the flight attendant poured this passenger a glass of wine, according to our sources, and then gave the man a whole bottle.
If I were this customer, I’d see my mission as that of a Robin Hood bartender and bring the bottle back to coach the way one American Airlines passenger did three years ago. Robin Hood, that is, or Flavor Flav who once grabbed airline snacks and passed them out throughout the cabin declaring “Today the back of the plane is 1st class!!!!”