VSLover From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1894 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4352 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!
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4202 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.
Acidradio From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1867 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4150 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
Jamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4135 times:
Well if your an alcoholic then flights with free alcohol become very interesting
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?)
UA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4106 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.
Starlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4031 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.
"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
Boac707 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 278 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3974 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????
Hz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1647 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3921 times:
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.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3874 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.
Matthewroy From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3806 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.
Aa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3721 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,
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3682 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.
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