PeteH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 391 times:
A friend of mine will soon travel from England to Australia with Royal Brunei. The travel agent told him that all sectors are "dry" and no alcohol will be served. However the travel agent said that my friend would be allowed to take his own alcohol on the plane and consume it.
Would that be really allowed or is it just the travel agent being keen to get a commission from a ticket sale by telling lies?
Hailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 408 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 352 times:
common sense should tell your friend that if the flights are dry, they are for a reason, eg that the sultan frowns on alcohol - whilst consumption of alcohol is not illegal in brunei iyself is not illegal or banned.
i personally suggest that your friend refrains from inbibing for his 20-24 hours of transit.
one thing one can do without, same as smoking.
Anzff From Australia, joined May 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 319 times:
Royal Brunei DO let you take alcohol onto the flight, and the flight attendants will serve it to you. But they don't actually supply the booze. But Hailstone is right - you'd be better doing without the alcohol for the long journey, especially as from the UK they stop in the middle east, and in Bandar, and sometimes in Singapore as well (although that might just be on Bandar-Europe rather than Europe-Bandar). In Business and First they have wonderful 'mocktails' of fruit juice though...
PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 308 times:
Anzff is absolutely right on both issues - taking your own alcohol on Royal Brunei is permitted AND why bother anyway (heard of DVT?).
PeteH, where in Australia is your friend flying into to?
BI offer some great deals ex Australia, eg $999AUD PER-LHR (via Bandar Seri etc and Abu Dahbi) return, 3 times a week which is capturing the backpacker market.
I would be interested in knowing what they offered UK to Australia.
Ambasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 266 times:
Respect the Sultain, Why?
Does he respect me, am i allowed worship in a church in Brunei? And what about his brother, did he respect anyone else in the world when he had money?
So please leave respect out of it.
If the rules state that you can bring alcohol on the flight, then your are prefectly entitled to do so. If on the other hand you are flying on Middle Eastern carriers who prohibit you from taking alcohol on any flights, then things become slightly more difficult.
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4168 posts, RR: 17 Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 259 times:
I agree with you, I don't know what hailstone is going on about, who disrepected the sultan in the first place? I don't know why people aren't allowed to worship in churches in Brunei and Saudi, what happened to human rights?
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 247 times:
i think Royal Brunei banned alcohol being served on its flights in the early 90s, the ruling also included the stewardesses to cover their heads(casually) and for the crew to take out time to pray??? as far the the alcohol ban is concerned im glad as its strictly forbidden in Islam, and there have been numerous cases of drunken brawls onboard and stewardesses being harassed so the ban is good, other carriers that dont serve booze onboard are Pakistan International, Ariana Afghan airlines, Saudi Arabian airlines and Iran air, PIA did serve booze on their flights till the late 70s and Iran air before the revolution,dont know about Ariana but im sure they must have atleast till before the the Russians ended their occupation, SV never did, the stewardess uniforms of Iran air and Saudi Arabian airlines have also gone through radical changes over the years turning to a conservative style, from previous skirts and pant suits, and i think Ariana does not employ stewardesses, as for the ruling regarding other faiths not being allowed to practice their religion in Saudi Arabia and Brunei and being kept away from Mecca and Medina, is in total contrast to the teachings of Islam, as a Muslim i find it very strange
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4168 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 237 times:
Hi airmale thanks for your support I really think that Christians should be allowed to worship freely in Saudi! As for the alcohol part it may be forbidden in Islam (it's also forbidden in other religions such as Christianity, Hinduism but not as strictly followed) but each individal should still have the choice, some people may not be religious...
PeteH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 232 times:
PerthGloryFan......my friend will fly Royal Brunei from London to Perth via Abu Dhabi and Bandar. His ticket cost 640 GBP and also allows him to stop over in Thailand for 3 weeks to meet me on his return journey. Excellent value for money considering my ticket from Manchester to Bangkok with Emirates for January was only 80 GBP cheaper.
Luckilly I'll have no problem getting alcohol on Emirates because even though I have flown often, I still need copious amounts of booze to calm my nerves! Fascinated by planes, but terrified of flying!
PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 221 times:
Make sure your friend packs only summer gear, plenty of sunscreen and, of course, a good thirst!
Just thought I'd mention that it's now 8.45am local in beautiful Perth, temperature is 25C and expected to climb to 32C today, but with practically no humidity and January will be more of the same.
Perfect beach or drinking or flying weather - sorry to hear of your condition - fascination and fear seem closely linked, something to do with adrenalin I guess.
And yes BI does seem to offer good deals and, as I said, quietly threatening the local big boys.
I understand that Emirates has been trying to get into PER for some time, will be great when they do. PER to Europe with one stop in the ME will break the journey in the middle, better than PER-SIN/KUL/BKK-Europe (5-6 hrs then 12-14hrs)