Delta, American Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Will No Longer Serve Alcohol On Domestic Flights!
Looks like the airline industry is about to revert back to the prohibition era as many of the top airlines are starting to go dry. That’s right airlines including Delta, American, KLM, EasyJet, Virgin and more have stated they will either stop or limit the serving of alcohol on domestic flights.
This wild concept is the airlines industry’s solution to save costs. How you ask? Well, apparently they are looking to minimize passenger trips to the restrooms and time spent with their masks off. Another drastic measure by many airlines is to provide only bottled water as a beverage. That’s right no juices or soda either. Sounds like a great idea for those looking to watch their calorie intake. Below is a breakdown of policy changes for some top U.S based airlines.
-No alcohol and only bottled water will be served for beverages.
-No plastic cups or ice.
-Two snack offerings for passengers in Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+, as well as on First Class flights less than 900 miles.
-Meal service will now be “pre-packaged, non-perishable Flight Fuel boxes with two snack offerings” for First Class and Delta One passengers on flights greater than 900 miles.
-Preselect and Special Meal service will be temporarily suspended.
-No alcohol in Main Cabin on flights less than 2,200 miles.
-Beverages would be limited to water, juice and canned options, except on flights longer than 2,200 miles.
-No snacks or food would be available for purchase and meals would only be offered in first class.
-Limited capacity on each aircraft with middle seats being assigned only when necessary.
-Only sealed beverages would be served and the airline would no longer offer ice, coffee, tea and poured alcohol. Those sitting in premium cabins will still have access to beer and individual wines.
-Snacks will not be available in United Economy seating for flights under 80 minutes or in United First for flights under 60 minutes. Passengers are still welcome to bring snacks onboard. Passengers sitting in United First on flights that are between 60 and 140 minutes receive an “all-in-one” snack bag that includes a stroopwafel, pretzels, bottle of water and a sanitizer wipe. Those on premium transcontinental flights will receive the same snack bag if they’re flying in United Economy or Economy Plus.
-The airline would serve cans of water with straws and a snack mix on said flights, while cups and ice would be available upon request.
-All other flights, snack and beverage options are still suspended in efforts to maintain safety.
-Purchase of beer, wine, liquor and other buy-onboard products have been suspended.
-Purchase of goods from the in-flight snack bar will be suspended.
-Snack baskets and beverage cart service will be replaced with a pre-sealed snack and beverage bag.
-Mint passengers will be served pre-packed meals and single-serve beverages, but all glassware and mugs have been replaced with single-use cups.
-No food or beverage service on flights up to 350 miles.
-Limited service on flights longer than 350 miles. For those flights, beer is served for passengers in Premium class and First-class, not main cabin.
-Complimentary bottled water will be provided.
-No poured alcohol, coffee and tea, and no sale of alcoholic beverages in the main cabin.
-No sales will be allowed from the snack cart, but passengers can still bring their own food on board.
The risks of flying amid the COVID-19 pandemic
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that travelers face an increased risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 and that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick.”
For those who do travel, the CDC recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your face, keep a safe distance away from others, cover coughs and sneezes, and wear a mask in public.
The CDC also advises individuals to anticipate their needs while traveling, such as bringing enough medicine to last an entire trip, packing alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and preparing food and water.
A more detailed list regarding the risks of travel and how to prepare is available at their website.