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Why Is Booze Important To You When Flying  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3166 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

So many people make a big deal out of free booze when flying. What's the attraction?


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User currently offlineTomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

because on long haul, it is possible to become relaxed enough to actually sleep in the coach cabin...try doing that with coffee!



Tf

P.S. I know.....drink lots of water, and you get drunk faster at 35000 feet, and blah blah blah.



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User currently offlineERJ170 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6764 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4426 times:

You get drunk drinking water? never heard that.. for real?


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User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4417 times:

well ERJ170, technically you are able to drink enough water to experience similar effects that you would otherwise experience drinking alcohol, but you would have to literally ingest gallons of water in a very very short period of time. i dont feel like getting into the physiological mechanisms behind it now.

though you were being funny, yes i know--HA HA

Zrs70- you say people make a big deal out of free booze when flying, hell i'd make a big deal out of free booze wherever i am!


User currently offlineTheiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4354 times:

Possibly because flying commercially just isn't that much fun anymore. Perhaps to dull the pain?  Big grin

User currently offlineBartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 789 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4267 times:

Well if you live in a city and you drink at all at bars, then you'll know how much you can (and do) spend having drinks. I live in Dallas and it's expensive enough - I can't imagine what it's like in Manhattan or San Francisco. It's ridiculous. So, when I used to hop on board a 10 hour flight to London and get a free Tanqueray and Tonic, then I'd get a little smile on my face and order another one real fast.

Overall it's not that big of a deal but it's just another little thing that gives you a few minutes of joy. Until you have 6 liquor drinks, then anything and everything gives you joy.


User currently offlineAcidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1874 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
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It changes the sense of time. Let's face it - while we all love airplanes, sitting in a seat for a long period (especially internationally) gets really really boring and cumbersome. Alcohol tends to take away the care of not being able to do anything but sit there for a long time.

That, and it lowers inhibitions. Honestly, some of the best conversations I've had with people took place while I was boozing it up with the guy sitting next to me in first class. The alcohol kept flowing and we had healthy multiple-tangent conversations.

Also, if you aren't a fan of turbulance, alcohol (at least for me) takes a roller-coaster ride and makes it either unnoticeable or even kind of fun and exciting. Just as long as you don't spill your drink all over yourself  Big grin



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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4200 times:

Well if your an alcoholic then flights with free alcohol become very interesting Big grin

Now being serious, its a nice bonus having free drinks, and normally i'll take a few mini bottles with me when i leave the plane. BUT I dont book flights because of free drinks on one airline and not on the other.

But I know if I have to pay for alcohol on the plane I wont do, I'll stick to the soft drinks, or use my duty free (yes i know i'm not allowed but how do they know?)


Jamo


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Are there any major international airlines that are "alcohol free" - alcohol is neither served nor permitted on board any of their aircraft?

Perhaps one or more of the Middle East carriers?



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

For me the booze isn't important but it sure as hell helps with the mom from the ground. She's not a big flying person so a little booze is good to let it settle right in. I stick to the tea and coffee. I like to gut it out during the flights. I'm too big in coach to actually get some sleep (really bad left knee) and when in Business or First I like to take advantage of the expearence as much as possible.

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User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1791 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4135 times:

Are there any major international airlines that are "alcohol free" - alcohol is neither served nor permitted on board any of their aircraft?





Saudi Arabian, Pakistan International and Iran Air for sure don't.



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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2249 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4131 times:

It's important on the ground, why air should be different?


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User currently offlineKl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5133 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

''So many people make a big deal out of free booze when flying. What's the attraction?''

Booze is always important, flying or not.........  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17036 posts, RR: 67
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

I like a good glass of wine, but this doesn't change that much on a plane or not. It's not a huge deal to go without. But there's something about a great view, a great book and a (ok normally not so great but anyway decent) glass of wine that just feels good.


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User currently offlineAms From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4079 times:

It is interesting to see that U.S airlines charge a fee (about $5) for alcoholic beverages in international Y class, while European Airlines don't.


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AMS


User currently offlineBoac707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

Well, seing as one drink is the equivalent to three at altitude, free booze is great...if you don't spend money on the stuff that creates the hangover, maybe it makes the discomfort a little more tolerable.

On the other hand, paying through the nose for flights...is the booze really free????



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User currently offlineHz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3986 times:
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No, the booze is not really free. Actually, I find that I get dehydrated enough just flying so I avoid the adult beverages until I am back on the ground. If it is a long haul flight and sleep is a concern, I do a mild o/d on TylenolPM. I take three of them - and its no worries for eight hours.


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User currently offlineTristar100 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3979 times:

I was drinking on my way home from Frankfurt last Monday to try and ignore the turbulence, it was a struggle, not the turbulence but trying to prize a free beer out of the B/A cabin crew.

Steve.


User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3939 times:

Since when has booze been free? Last time I heard they included it in the ticket price... so it's not free at all. I suppose next you'll be saying the IFE is free, the seat is free, your meal is free, all you are really paying for is space in the aircraft?

Something is only free if you would otherwise have to pay for it. If you were to get a drink on an carrier which charges for drinks, then that is free. If you were to get a drink on a carrier which does not charge for drinks, that is NOT free. Simple.

Anyway, I'm the sort of person that can either:
1. Sleep lightly without alcohol
2. Not sleep at all with a little alcohol (say 1-2 glasses of wine)
3. Sleep well with a bad hangover with lots of alcohol (say 3-5 glasses of wine, if you can even get that much out of a FA unless in 1st class)
Which means I tend to avoid it on overnighters but will drink during the day.

Geoff M.


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3896 times:

As a pilot, I hate to go anywhere without my usual pre-takeoff martini.

User currently offlineMatthewroy From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

I rarely drink when I fly, but I know that a lot of people do, even on short hops. I just took a PDX-SEA hop on a Horizon Dash-8 on Monday. They served all the customary soft drinks along with a featured beer and wine at no charge... Also, I flew British Midland between LHR and BFS last year and it appeared that the alcohol was free, though I didn't have any. I think that's the most alcohol I have ever seen consumed on an hour-long flight. The woman next to me had three drinks between LHR and BFI.


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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3786 times:

Most KLM flights and NWA flights across the pond offer free booze to all classes. Then when I fly AA, business or first, I always get free booze. I'm sure they add that into the cost of your ticket though. No F/A is gonna server anyone more than 4-5 drinks. Although...two summers ago, going to see my folks, I flew a AF 747-400 outta NYC and the F/A, told me after she initially offered cocktails, that there would be a cart with alcohol behind my seat. I got up to use the restroom about 20 mins later, and there it was, sitting there, with all those little bottles of liquor and wine. I was in business class on the AF flight. I took a few for after my flight, but I do find, drinking alcohol on extended international flights puts my into a severe jet lag, as well as dehydration. Cheers,

AA777jr


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17036 posts, RR: 67
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

It would be more correct to say that alcohol is "included".


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User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

Let's all say it together, shall we?

FREE BOOZE

Any questions? I thought not.

Travis


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13095 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3747 times:

For some, the anxiety of flying can be reduced by the consuming alcoholic beverages. For some, 1-2 alcoholic drinks (ie: in moderation) helps they relax and sleep. In those cases, and in moderation, it keeps the pax calm and less difficult for the f/a's to deal with. For some, they are cheap or live in places where alcholic beverages are difficult or expensive to obtain. There is also the fact that booze is not really that expensive in cost to an airline when consumed moderately and is a custom of service that developed over the years. I really don't like to drink much alcohol on flights as it dehydrates you, I don't like the buzz on day flights and make one have to use the toilet more.

25 Burg400 : I'll always ask for a "Large Single Malt Whisky" I usually only drink the one miniature and save the other for the wife's growing collection, only onc
26 MasseyBrown : I enjoy a nice *big* martini, but no more than two as I do not enjoy being drunk. The martini is a little signal to my brain that "here are a couple o
27 ConcordeBoy : ...it isn't, in the least
28 Brons2 : It is interesting to see that U.S airlines charge a fee (about $5) for alcoholic beverages in international Y class, while European Airlines don't. DL
29 Starlionblue : Sabena? Sabena had the best service? Different strokes I guess, but I would try Virgin Atlantic, SAS, Singapore, Cathay.
30 Post contains images Jkw777 : Hi there, To me it's not that much of an issue. I have only really had an alcoholic drink(s) on one of my long haul flights, and it made the whole exp
31 Post contains images SafetyDude : For me, it is not. Then again, I do not drink to begin with. -Will
32 Post contains images Starlionblue : I have always found that beer tastes rather "off" in flight. So does Coke so it's probably something with the carbonation. Yech... Red wine it is, but
33 Post contains images Solnabo : IMO booze is not important, but it´s a half orgasm to zip a double J Walker OTR in first/buissnes class and no turbulence in the air My 50 öre* Mick
34 Dash8King : Only had it once on First Air where they served a nice coffee drink with Bailey's.
35 Lufthansa747 : Nothing like drinking Dom in SQ First or Krug in their SIN F lounge. Pretty nice considering the taxes for the F award ticket were less than a single
36 Brons2 : Sabena? Sabena had the best service? Well okay I have not tried those other airlines. But I must say that the very pretty (incredible blue eyes) Saben
37 Post contains images Lufthansa747 : with a terrible hangover from an all-nighter. They did a lot to help me feel better. Brons2, Your experience sounds like mine - LH SEN lounge in Berli
38 Post contains images UA744KSFO : Two words ... I'm Catholic! Need I explain why free booze (or even booze I have to pay for) is important to me?!
39 Geoffm : I'd better just clarify my last post... I sometimes drink on long haul flights, but rarely on short haul - generally because they're business trips an
40 Post contains images Kl911 : SafetyDude , ''For me, it is not. Then again, I do not drink to begin with. ''' Figured that one with that username........
41 Icarus75 : Geoffm : alcohol included in the price ticket? So explain that : CDG - ATL with AF, economy class --> free alcoholic beverages. ATL - CDG with DL -->
42 Post contains images Boo25 : People like it , because , its FREE! Plus with the added glamour element of flying, people think they can let their hair down and feel good about the
43 ANX4fishing : When traveling for work I usually stick to soft drinks and coffee. However, when on my way on vacation, it's happy hour all the way. A cocktail or two
44 CALMSP : to make the FA's and pax more attractive!!
45 M404 : Its not important at all. It worsens the effects of altitude and you come of a long haul with a hangover and much worse jet lag. Then you waste the fi
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