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What's The Minimum Age?  
User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Hi there
I wanted to ask what is the minimum age on an airplane to get a drink or a beer? Does it depend on an airline ?

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User currently offlineJmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2598 times:

I would say the age is 21...I.D. please sir or madam.
JMH


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
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How many times is this going to be discussed? And it's not neccessarily 21.


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User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2578 times:

What about if you fly on a European airline? For instance in Germany you have to be 16 to drink beer, so I thought the airliners requirement is different also. Are you positive about the 21 of age requirement

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

I've been offered booze on Delta since I was 15, though their "official" policy says 21.


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User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Dude it's a forum man not everyone knows the answer to everything like you, so don't get upset. Does any one know what's the policy of LH ?

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2546 times:

WhiteEaglePL: Let the discussion run a little longer before asking again. You will notice a "trend" in the answers and thus you'll be able to determine which one is the most reasonable or well-founded.  Big grin

As far as I know, it depends on the Airline and its country. In most of the countries it is 18, in the US 21, etc.

RM  Smile



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User currently offlineJmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

I would think it would depend on the laws and regulations where an airline is based that depicts how an airline serves alcohol.
Such as those airlines that are based in the United States..
ie. American, Continental, Delta etc...they are all obligated to follow US law, as this is where the airlines contract of carraige is based..thus if you are on a US carrier, you must be 21 years of age....in other contries...the same rules would apply I assume to those given airlines from those given countries....

JMH


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6204 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2535 times:

Does it really matter over the high seas?


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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2039 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2564 times:
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US Law actually does not state that the legal drinking age is 21, I believe it's acutally 18, however states where more or less forced to say 21 because of the threat of losing federal road funds.

User currently offlineJmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

Syncmaster,
Check with any random airline in the Unites States and ask them how old you must be to consume alchol....
I would be really surprised if any US airline stated they could legally serve you a beer at the age of 19...
Again Im not particulary certain of this...to be honest Im 28 years of age.. dont drink alcohol and really could care less....but its just a gut feeling on this one...
JMH


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2496 times:

21? Believe it or not, in quite a lot of airlines (and countries) you can drink with already with 18 ...

huh ...



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User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Im with JHooper.....over the high seas....who cares....


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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

I've seen beer served to 16/17 year olds on LH once or twice, but that was when they were travelling with their parents, and the parents agreeing - anything alcoholic besides beer (and, I wouldn't be surprised if this were also officially valid for beer) they'll usually serve to pax 18 years or older.

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

I hope LH has the requirement of 18 years of age, then I could get couple of beers and take a nap. By the way I was asked once on an Air France if I wanted glass of wine but I declined because I was like 15 or so.

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

WhiteEaglePL, if you're 18 then I don't see a problem - 18 is the legal age for drinking alcohol in Germany, and since German laws are used on board of LH, I doubt that they'll refuse to serve beer to you...

Are you travelling alone on that flight (i.e. without parents or someone else above 21)?

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

No I'm traveling with my dad. I'm 19 years old so I thought that's gonna be my first opportunity to get some booze if you know what I mean  Big grin

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

It depends on where the airline is based. So, onboard British Airways its 18 yet on US carriers i presume it's 21. Saying that, I never had any trouble on any flight where i've asked for a alcoholic drink when i was under 18.

They were literally giving it away on my last flight with BA, Drink from the bar sir? Wine with your meal sir? It would be rude not to! Big grin

So if you're on a European carrier and aged 18 or over expect no trouble at all!



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User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

No trouble ahead... since you're 19, I really don't see a problem - and if all else fails, your dad can always confirm your age... not that I think that that will be necessary...

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineANstar From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 5295 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2310 times:

i believe the age limit is determined by the Country the aircraft is registered in.

For instance if you are on a United flight between Sydney & Melbourne, the age limit is 21, as this is US law on a US registered aircraft, not 18 as you are flying in Australian airspace.

The same way if you are flying Qantas on their cnnecting flight between LAX and JFK the age limit would be 18 as you are flying on an Australian registered aircraft, despite being in the US airspace.

ANstar


User currently offlinePhaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Don't German laws say, that you can drink alcohol which has less than 12% such as beer and wine when you're 16. Above 18 you can then drink anything you want.

Thomas



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User currently offlineWhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

I guess so. But i not quiet sure if you can drink beer and wine in LH if your 16.

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2214 times:

Basically it is up to the indivual airline. They will have a policy that is officially based on the laws of the country of regristration of the AIRCRAFT.

However that can get confused. Eg Qantas - there is no Australian law setting a minimum drinking age, so it is completely up to the crew as to wether they will serve you alcohol and they have certainly served wine with a meal to my son when he was 14 (SYD-HNL) & 17 SYD-LAX (he always was a big lad).
(Before any other Ozzies jump on me, I said AUSTRALIAN (ie Fedral) law, not state law. State law does NOT apply to aeronautical operations)
Is there a Fedral minimum drinking age in Germany? If not then it is probably basically up to the crew.

BTW he was also served alcohol on UA & AS when he was 17 too and my two daughters were served wine by JAL when they were 15 & 17, also by AZ, but that does not count as Italy has no minimum drinking age.

(In case you are wondering, my wife is Italian and she and her kids started drinking (watered) wine around 8 years old, as is the custom in her part of Italy)


Gemuser



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User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2039 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2087 times:
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Sorry I should have clarified my self, I didn't mean that just because the law doesn't specifically say 21, doesn't necessarily mean that's what the airline says, but all the one's I know of all say 21.

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