United Airlines still plans to bring alcohol back to the main cabin from June 1
United Airlines confirmed on Sunday that it still intends to reintroduce alcohol into its interior master cabin from June 1, despite calls from its flight attendants union to temporarily “eliminate” alcohol from all areas. the cabins. Southwest Airlines said on Friday it would delay the return of alcohol to its planes and American Airlines followed on Saturday, citing unruly passenger behavior for its decision to keep alcohol out of the main cabin.
Starting June 1, however, United will once again be offering economy class customers on most domestic flights over two hours a selection of beers and wines for purchase. United will also become the first airline to offer White Claw hard seltzer on board its planes.
A selection of beers including Stella Artois, Breckenridge Brewery Juice Drop Hazy IPA, and Kona Brewing Co. Big Wave Golden Ale will retail for $ 8, while most red, white, and sparkling wine options will cost $ 9. The premium wine options that were selected in consultation with Doug Frost, Master Sommelier will cost significantly more at $ 18 for a 375ml bottle.
The hard liqour, including vodka, rum and Jack Daniels whiskey, will remain unavailable for the time being and United have given no indication as to when they could be brought back.
Delta Air Lines introduced a limited range of alcoholic beverages for purchase on its domestic flights in April, while Alaska followed suit earlier this month. Allegiant and Spirit have been offering alcoholic beverages for purchase for several months.
But on Saturday, American Airlines decided to end its own plans to bring alcohol back to the main cabin because it said it “recognizes that alcohol can contribute to the atypical behavior of customers on board.”
US Vice President of Flight Services Brady Byrnes said the airline “owes our crew not to potentially escalate what can already be a new and stressful situation for our customers.” Alcohol sales will remain on hold until the federal face mask mandate expires – currently set for September 13.
Southwest Airlines has announced that it will not be bringing alcohol back on board its planes in June, as planned following a violent attack on one of its flight attendants who lost two teeth after having been hit by a passenger.
United flight attendants fear the return of alcohol will only further exacerbate incidents of unruly passenger behavior.
“Alcohol adds stress to our work environment and forces us to deal with these situations, which diverts our time from providing other passengers with excellent customer service management lately,” warned the United Affiliate of the AFA Flight Attendants Union.
“The best solution, in our opinion, given the current state of the industry, is to simply phase out alcohol completely on a temporary basis until the overall industry situation can be normalized. “
United’s decision to bring back alcohol will no doubt appeal to customers who feel the Southwest and Americans are punishing the majority for the actions of a few. Just make sure you drink in moderation. United flight attendants have been reminded to deny boarding to anyone who appears to be intoxicated and to refuse alcohol service to passengers who appear to be intoxicated.
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