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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7058 times:

What is the legal drinking age for US carriers on overseas flights? The reason I ask is because I will be taking DFW-zRH on AA Dec. 30, with my girlfriend. I was served on United, LAX-HKG this summer, but I don't know what the laws are actually.


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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7041 times:

I started asking for drinks on flights when I was 17, and I have never been carded once since then.


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User currently offlineFLY777UAL From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7027 times:

Legally, it is 21. However, most FA's will be willing to bring you drinks just as long as you're nice.

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User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4652 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

Well, I dont know about the US, but I have not had problems with alcohol being served for as long as I can remember (which is a long time). In New Zealand, its the SALE of liqour act, and as they are not really selling it to you, there is nothing to stop them from giving it to young people. Really, discretion should be used. Drunken passangers should NEVER EVER be served alcohol. NEVER!

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User currently offlineFLY 8 From Austria, joined Dec 2000, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 7004 times:

Normally, it´s 21, cause the laws of the registration state of the airplane are counting, regardless over wich country your are flying!
If you don´t get something to drink on the flight, you´ll get enough in Europe!!!!!

Best regards, Benjamin!

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 6994 times:

Choose a European airline. Swiss drinking age for example is 16 for beer and wine, 18 for liquors; you will get it on Swissair.

User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6958 times:

In most of Canada it is 19 or in Quebec it is 18 and Air Canada has never asked for ID from anyone I know!

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3081 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6921 times:

Thanks for the info. I've been wondering about the same question myslef. I'll be on US Airways in January (Next month already!) going over and in May on the way back. But I'll be 21 in May so that part doesn't doesn't matter. I'll just be nice and ask and not dress like a white trash scurve(sp?) on the flights.


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