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To Drink Or Not To Drink!  
User currently offlineDjmatthews From United Kingdom, joined Dec 1999, 213 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Having just had a discussion with friend of mine. What is the actual law on serving alcoholic drinks in the air? For example, a few years ago I flew American Trans Air (ATA) from MAN-SFB, shortly after leaving MAN the drinks service came round. Being under 21 I wasn't allowed alcohol. However, the year before flying Virgin Atlantic from LGW-BOS I was allowed.

What exactly are the laws?


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User currently offlinePiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2203 times:

Djmatthews, US carriers operate, no matter where they are, under US law which says that no one under 21 may drink alcohol. I am thinking that other airlines are subject to their own national laws.



User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2171 times:

"I am thinking that other airlines are subject to their own national laws." <-I'm pretty sure this is the case as well...

Also, is it true that alcohol is not allowed to be served in the airspace of some predominatly Muslim countries??

Greg



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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1610 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2150 times:

UK airlines operate under UK law, so you must be over age 18.

Unlike the US, us brits are very lax on ID to prove age however, so if you pass for 18 you're very likely to get served alcohol on a UK airline.

CHEERS!!  Smile

(amended for grammar!)

[Edited 2003-12-10 20:00:21]

User currently offlineB4real From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2637 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2145 times:

I was on RG once on a flight from GRU-SSA, and a teenager, 14-maybe orders a beer and drinks away (Free on RG).


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2090 times:

No-so-legal, but on night redeye hops, I've been able to get away with it..partly because the f/a was nice, also because they can't see your face very well...if you have the voice and carry yourself like an adult anyways, it's not a problem. Only thing is, you get caught, there's no place to run to lol  Big grin One thing to do it in a bar, another on a jet. I remember that I'm flying on somebody else's turf, and not to abuse the hospitality.

When I hit 21, ooooh baby  Big grin

DeltaGuy


User currently offlinePiedmontGirl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1124 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2084 times:

USAFHummer:

>>Also, is it true that alcohol is not allowed to be served in the airspace of some predominatly Muslim countries??<<

This is true. When flying into those countries, the liquor has to be secured before entering that country's airspace. In other words, it isn't just not serving it. The liquor has to be returned to its storage areas and locked up.





User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1972 times:

US carriers may be stepping up their enforcement, I don't know. I rarely drink on flights, but I've never been asked for ID when I was. I flew internationally several times before I turned 21, all on US-flag carriers, and was never asked for ID during those flights.


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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1958 times:

I had drinks on UA and NW when I was below 21. They never asked for ID but then again, it was just wine during the meal and Bailey's afterwards.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1935 times:

I always wondered about flights to Muslim countries, do they carry enough liquor for the trip both ways? Or do they get restocked at the airport? Does anyone know how it works, thanks.


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User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1855 times:

I remember when you only had to be 18 to drink in the US. I worked for an airline in LBB that was a commuter carrier there, Air Midwest. We could fly on WN for free. Fly to DAL and get two bloody mary's in 50 minutes! Then fly to HOU and get two more bloody mary's in 50 minutes. Fly to AUS and get two more bloody mary's in 50 minutes and you'd be feeling no pain.......

Ah to be young again !!

The "really" bad thing about alcohol in flight is that it dehydrates your body much worse than on the ground.........been there, done that.

We had a guy recently on our flight from ICN to DFW on KE who was tanked when he got off the 13 hour plane ride. Seems he bought a bottle of booze on the flight and proceeded to partake from it........basically two people had to sit with him the rest of the flight to make him behave........one was another KE employee I work with.......the guy was arrested as soon as he was taken off the plane at DFW.




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