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User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 978 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13392 times:

I know that in certain provinces in canada, drinking age ranges from 18-19, in the U.S. it's 21. What laws are they to abide by? I've flown AC, BA, QK... all of them have never ID'd me. I'm 15 years old. What's the deal?

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User currently offlineDeltaAVL From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1893 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13387 times:

Quoting Heathrow (Thread starter):
I'm 15 years old.

You're 15 and you're buying alcohol on planes? By the way, it says you're 16-20 in your profile. Might wanna change that.  Wink



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User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13381 times:

I never got carded when I was underaged except one time on Frontier. Besides that, I might get a "you look young, you sure you're old enough?" but that's it.

F9 was the only one that carded though. UA was the best for serving underaged for whatever reason.


User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13388 times:

i turn 16 within a week, and people don't tend to take me seroiusly if my profile says im younger. I try, and if they deny, they deny

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5922 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13369 times:

hehe can well remember when I was 17 and had a very nice beer in JFK waiting for my JFK-MUC flight on delta were I enyoyed some Bacardi Colas... jejej  Smile


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User currently offlineMsl747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 412 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13317 times:

I always thought that it depends on the Country the Airline is based in. Like on BA it would be 18 and on UA it would be 21... I might be wrong...


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User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13308 times:

Quoting Msl747 (Reply 5):
I always thought that it depends on the Country the Airline is based in. Like on BA it would be 18 and on UA it would be 21... I might be wrong...

canada the age varries as to which province you are in.


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3308 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 9 hours ago) and read 13247 times:

Quoting Heathrow (Reply 3):
people don't tend to take me seroiusly if my profile says im younger. I try, and if they deny, they deny

People also tend to not take you seriously when they find out you've been lying about your age.  Wink


User currently offlineTommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 13211 times:

This past April when I was 19, I flew AA DFW-LAX in F and was served chardonnay repeatedly throughout the flight. It was nice descending into LAX on a 763 and being fully liquored up when we pulled up to the gate  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 13204 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 7):
People also tend to not take you seriously when they find out you've been lying about your age. Wink

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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9510 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 8 hours ago) and read 13189 times:

All US airlines require passengers to be 21 to drink alcohol because that is mandated by the FAA. Many foreign airlines serving the United States respect the laws in the United States and only serve to passengers over 21 even though they will serve younger passengers on any other flights.

Quoting Heathrow (Thread starter):
I've flown AC, BA, QK... all of them have never ID'd me. I'm 15 years old. What's the deal?

You shouldn't be drinking at your age in general. You usually can get away with drinking younger because flight attendants do not want to card you and require your identification, but you are breaking the law and putting them in a difficult position.



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User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 13023 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 10):
All US airlines require passengers to be 21 to drink alcohol because that is mandated by the FAA. Many foreign airlines serving the United States respect the laws in the United States and only serve to passengers over 21 even though they will serve younger passengers on any other flights.

Stupid laws are ment to be broken... U.S. Carriers may REQUIRE you to be 21, but they enforce it on a hit and miss basis in my experiences, especially if you "look the right age", a beard helps out nicely  Wink. I have had varying experiences, having not been carded on DL, CO, UA or AA, on several occasions, while being carded on other occasions. Dont know why some F/A's are lax while others are more strict, either way i doubt any one would report them unless an FAA employees was flying aboard. International airlines to/from the U.S. i have never been carded so I'm not sure how hard they keep to these rules, considering the U.S. is one of the only countries in the world with 21yr drinking laws...

My 2 cents.


User currently offlineNrcnyc From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 12981 times:

Thanks to the millions of miles my parents rack up travelling for buisness, I've been able to fly in F or J on almost every trip I take with out paying a dime!. I have always looked old for my age and have been having a glass or two of wine in F or J since I was about 17. Most of the time They asked if I wanted red or white, I never realy had to ask for it.

User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 12973 times:

I have fond memories of flying LAX-SYD on QF when I was 15 (in 1994). I was up the back, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes the entire flight. There were about 10-15 at one time back there, all drinking & smoking. Was like a true Aussie pub experience. LOL.

And now - I barely drink and only smoke (cigars now) on occassion. What a boring old f@rt I turned into!


User currently offlineBlueSkys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 6 hours ago) and read 12951 times:

On LOT they were serving me when I was 15 years old..... Felt good at the time to feel like an adult!

User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12888 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 10):
You shouldn't be drinking at your age in general. You usually can get away with drinking younger because flight attendants do not want to card you and require your identification, but you are breaking the law and putting them in a difficult position.

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Quoting JRDC930 (Reply 11):
Stupid laws are ment to be broken...

Great attitude from a student pilot.
BTW, your class 2 medical expired.


User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12851 times:

I think the laws are silly, whatever age you can fight and die for your country is the age you should be allowed to vote and drink IMO.

Never been asked flying. Off topic, been asked for ID buying beer in the US. I was 38 and believe me, did not look young for my age!  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12850 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 15):
Great attitude from a student pilot.

My comment was in regards to being a passenger, I'm not foolish enough to endanger my career by drinking and flying. Besides everyone in the U.S. has varying opinions about the value of the 21yr drinking laws.

P.S. A class 3 medical is fine enough where i fly, thank you very much.


User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 978 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12819 times:

It doesn't matter what age you are, drinking is bad for you anyways. It is theyre duty to check a persons age, and if they fail to do this, I have no sympathy

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 14):
On LOT they were serving me when I was 15 years old..... Felt good at the time to feel like an adult!

8 hours on BA = 8 beers. I think thats ok!!


User currently offlineBlueSkys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12815 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 15):
Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 10):
You shouldn't be drinking at your age in general. You usually can get away with drinking younger because flight attendants do not want to card you and require your identification, but you are breaking the law and putting them in a difficult position.



Quoting JRDC930 (Reply 11):
Stupid laws are ment to be broken...

Great attitude from a student pilot.
BTW, your class 2 medical expired.

I think you need to lighten up a little bit... American aviation pioneers were hung over on their record flights! If you dont drink a mickey a day your class 2 medical will be just fine!


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8894 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12803 times:

My sister got denied on a Delta AUA-ATL flight this past summer (she's 18) - we were in F, F/A asked for ID and she played the ignorance card saying we were still on Aruban soil.

As for me, I've only been carded once - on a Delta CRJ when I used a drink chit to have a beer. In the dozens of flights where I've flown F though, I've never been carded (I'm 22 and never been carded on F flights on DL, UA, AA, CO, NW or US...and I have drank alcohol on each of them in the premium cabin.)


User currently offlineBlueSkys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 5 hours ago) and read 12796 times:

Quoting Heathrow (Reply 18):
8 hours on BA = 8 beers. I think thats ok!!

Its ok! lol.


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 12748 times:

Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 19):
I think you need to lighten up a little bit

Not when I see someone underage with a pilots license admit in a place like this to public drinking. All it takes is one bad night, one bad decision, one DUI, and poof...there goes your pilots license, and possibly some time spent with law enforcement.
I've personally seen drinking ruin too many people's lives to "lighten up a bit." Sorry.


User currently offlineBlueSkys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 12719 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 22):
Quoting BlueSkys (Reply 19):
I think you need to lighten up a little bit

Not when I see someone underage with a pilots license admit in a place like this to public drinking. All it takes is one bad night, one bad decision, one DUI, and poof...there goes your pilots license, and possibly some time spent with law enforcement.
I've personally seen drinking ruin too many people's lives to "lighten up a bit." Sorry.

I am not saying that you condone bad behaviour, but realize that there is alot of people that know how to handle their drink, not everyone that you see at the pub is an alcoholic.

One man can have a few drinks and still lead a normal life, and as long one can moderate it is all good. I have seen more than one good person succumb to the negative side of alcohol and i see your point, but there is people that know how to enjoy a beer and those that drink 10 per day...

Some Alcohol is never a bad thing.... Try a good vintage Pinot Noir!


User currently offlineWard86IND From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 12706 times:

Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 22):
Not when I see someone underage with a pilots license admit in a place like this to public drinking. All it takes is one bad night, one bad decision, one DUI, and poof...there goes your pilots license, and possibly some time spent with law enforcement.

If he is a student pilot I'm sure he knows that...I stagger around blasted on an unfamiliar campus every other weekend. Yes, underaged drinking is against the law, but when you see things such as a police officer berating someone who just threw away a half-full beer (not for underaged drinking, but for "wasting a perfectly good beer") you begin to see it as an accepted reality. Sorry if alcohol has affected you or someone you care about, but let him make his own decision.

My flight instructor knows I am underaged and knows I drink...eight hours bottle to throttle and you'll be fine!



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25 Spacecadet : Then I guess we should raise the age you can fight for your country to 21.
26 Brandonfs88 : I had some beers in the F cabin nonreving back from SFO to DTW on NW. Was talking with the F/A when we were heading thru security and we got a talking
27 Post contains images Brilondon : I rarely care what age the person is on here and I don't care when you start your drinking. I personally don't think alcohol drinks should be served
28 AFGMEL : Sliding down to the lowest common denominator again. I have been flying for a long long time. I always drink, I have never been drunk on a flight. Wh
29 Nzrich : I totally agree with you ..In the end its up to the cabin crew to stop people drinking to excess i have done that many a time and refused to serve al
30 KSMOGeNe : I was under the impression that the legal age requirement to consume alcohol on board an aircraft depends on where the aircraft is registered. However
31 Cjpark : Alcohol (Scotch) on Airlines should be at least 12 years old.
32 Post contains images JRDC930 : Id hate to be your first officer... , you know the regs DONT ban alcohol completely right? Its 8hrs prior, and or under the influence. Just because i
33 AF1624 : Well, on AF, when I had just turned 18 (which is the legal age for everything in France : voting, driving, drinking, smoking, gambling...) the F/A jus
34 Post contains images Someone83 : ha ha, agree
35 CPHGuard : My birthday too.... hehe
36 Post contains images FlashFlyGuy : Sounds like there was method in her madness there.... Argh...the good old days, it was always a party down the back. That was also the place to get a
37 Brettbrett21 : To tear away from the is-alcohol-bad debate and return to the actual topic for a second, does anyone know the drinking age on emirates? I know that dr
38 Gift4tbone : Not sure if you knew this, but thats why on bases the drinking age is 18. So all servicemen/women can drink, while on base. -Tony@PVD edited to add s
39 Cjbmibe : I've been served Smirnoff on BD a few times as an underager. Travelled in Business using my dads DC miles. The first time I was 17 and travelling alon
40 LH431 : While the drinking age in Germany for beer&wine is 16, Lufthansa has a general age limit of 18 for all alcoholic beverages. There is no difference be
41 Post contains links Baron52ta : That is just because some places card everybody no matter the age you look. I lived in the US and we had several places near where I lived that poste
42 Wdleiser : A DUI ruins a pilots career who is also over 21. Give the kid a break. Us minors all know the consequences of drinking and driving. Drinking is fun a
43 Jonty : Wow, its interesting to see the attitude difference between USA and UK. Here in the UK under aged drinking is basically a given! Everyone does it, som
44 Swaopsusafatc : Not all bases, very few in fact. In the US only Laughlin has that policy. Everywhere else is whatever the local drinking age is. -swaops EDIT: Correc
45 Dambuster : I drank quite a bit on board my BA flight to ORD... and I was 16. They never IDed me. Didn't bother me either as drinking age is 16 here.
46 BlueSkys : Absolutely!!! It much easier to convince an 18 year old to give up his life than it is for a 21 year old. And if a 21 year old still wants to join, t
47 Xtoler : I was about to comment on that. I was 18 when I joined the USAF and I definately was not allowed to drink in the club on base when I was in tech scho
48 Gigneil : Oh please. Alcohol didn't ruin their life. They did. NS
49 SkyyMaster : God knows I did my share of drinking when I was underage. However, in today's litigation happy society, if an airline served a minor alcohol on a fli
50 Flexo : Generally the law of the country where the aircraft is registered applies (not only for drinking age but also for crimes commited while on board). So:
51 Davescj : Further if a cop/Air Marshal ever caught it happening, the FA could be arrested and the airline sued. Contrary to what people thing, the regulation i
52 EWRCabincrew : Ahhh, yes, being young and trying to 'beat' the system. How cool were you. I card people always. My job and my family's livelihood is not worth an un
53 YULWinterSkies : So does enforcement.... But since AC charges for booze, what's the point of drinking on board? Being ripped off? How fun!
54 Xtoler : When I flew for Trans States, there was a rule in my GOM, where we could serve pax under 21 alcohol. Generally, no one under 21 is to be served alcoho
55 Post contains images JRDC930 : Looks like we'll just have to work on getting the drinking age lowered, if it ever came to a vote in the U.S. im sure it would pass in a land slide. I
56 Aerofan : Alcohol on flights should be banned.
57 Heathrow : does class really matter though? I ALWAYS fly in Y, and i have only ever been asked my age on PD. Of course I didn't lie. It doesn't matter what age,
58 Hmmmm... : Your parents are setting a bad example by spoiling you like that. They could spent a lot less miles and get you to your destination just as well.
59 Gigneil : That's the second stupidest thing I've heard here today. Stupid people should be banned, not alcohol. Laws are supposed to punish the stupid... not t
60 Xtoler : With passengers in the exit row, we try not to serve them booze, but they can drink as long as they don't get drunk. Sometimes that's hard to do on a
61 SkyyMaster : I really wouldn't count on it. MADD has deep pockets in the lobby business and religious groups would oppose it as well. I agree if a person is old e
62 Gigneil : Honestly, just like with anything else, if you can do it whenever you want, you're less likely to be crazy about it than if you're doing it illegally.
63 BlueSkys : .......Why? I cannot even begin to rationalize why alcohol should be banned on flights.
64 JetJeanes : Can you imagine United being suspended from selling alcohol and liqueor for selling to a minor,,, man some heads would roll
65 Gigneil : The point of course being, it never happens. I've been served 100s of times as a minor, I've seen known or very obvious minors around me being served
66 Gift4tbone : Thx for the correction, I was always told by family that serves in the forces, that all bases had a 18 drinking age. I do not know what bases they we
67 Viscount724 : Most air-rage incidents on flights, many of which require unplanned landings to offload disruptive pasengers, involve alcohol.
68 Gigneil : Many better ways to control that than banning alcohol altogether. NS
69 Davescj : On US military bases, the commander has the discretion to lower the drinking age to 18 on base for those in military service, and most do. But before
70 Davescj : I'd report the FA if I suspected when I arrived.....or at the very least, would pull the CSD aside and suggest a carding
71 Davescj : Yes and they are adults.....who (hopefully) know when to say when. No you don't....that's the problem.....I've had to call parents.....saying "Mr....
72 BlueSkys : I am curious as to how many air rage incidents would happen if alcohol was banned, I know a few nervous flyers that relax after 1-2 drinks and that i
73 Wdleiser : I do, I know Booze + Driving = accident = no Airline Flying and Booze + Driving + Cop = loss of liscense too If law makers want to prevent teens from
74 EWRCabincrew : Even still, that is not their job.
75 GeorgeJetson : Very well said!!!
76 Post contains images Brilondon : I could not agree with you more!!
77 Xtoler : Dude, you were doing pretty well until you mentioned the fighting. I just kept waking up with ugly women, even after 21. You seem like a pretty groun
78 Gigneil : You should mind your own damn business and go on your way. It has nothing to do with you and shouldn't be bothering you. NS
79 Post contains images Jpax : How ignorant. You definitely need to at Riddle. My condolences.
80 GeorgeJetson : I lived in Spain between the ages of 8 and 11. I loved soccer and would go to neighborhood bars to watch soccer games on television. Back then, I did
81 Xtoler : Gigneil, These are the pax I worry about. That's why I always tried to be as legit as possible. But a lot are blow hards. As much as I'd like to stay
82 EI350 : Have to agree with you here. When I visited a flight school in the US in the summer, all they kept saying was you would be classed as an alcoholic un
83 Acey559 : I had a few drinks this summer when flying DL BizElite to Europe. The F/A never questioned it, but I'm 20 so she may have figured that I was older. I
84 SkyyMaster : If a person thinks someone is a potential hazard to others, even if it means once they leave the airport to drive, it is very much their responsibili
85 Gigneil : He wasn't talking about someone causing a threat. He was talking about reporting an FA for serving a minor a drink. Not even reporting the minor. That
86 BlueShamu330s : Gigneil Thankyou for introducing me to the word "douchebaggery." I shall use it at a meeting I have with management on Thursday! You've quite made my
87 Bok269 : Why? Because a couple of irresponsible kids are going to drink and drive and ruin it for the rest of us? I don't care if you drink, don't get on the
88 Wdleiser : All in all whether drinking at age 18 is the law or 21 or 16 for that matter teens will still have access to cars and alcohol. So i resent the statem
89 Bok269 : I agree. However, it is a bit harder to get away with driving illegaly than drinking underage.
90 Georgebush : I was always paranoid about being "carded" on a flight. Its not like you can use the excuse "oh I left my ID at home.."
91 Wdleiser : It is even easier.. oo sorry its way back there in the overhead. I mean I could get it if you want... No FA has ever made me get up and get it... the
92 VV701 : Incorrect. Drinking, like most things, is good in moderation, bad in excess. The theory that alcoholic drinks can provide medicinal benefits is true.
93 Georgebush : lol I have used that one as well, and usually works. I just didnt want to give any of our minor friends on here any ideas...
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