WhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2271 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
Fly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2239 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.
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.
There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
JmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2238 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....
JmhLUV2fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 559 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
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...
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2142 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.
WhiteEaglePL From Poland, joined Mar 2004, 44 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2104 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.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2071 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)?
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 25 Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2047 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!
So if you're on a European carrier and aged 18 or over expect no trouble at all!
Gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5462 posts, RR: 6 Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1907 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)
Syncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 1998 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1780 times:
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.