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What If You Enter The U.S Drunk?  
User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

A thought crossed my mind today about what if a few underage (21, U.S) people enter the U.S on say BA or AF and have a few to many drinks on the flight where it is legal... because in England or France they are of legal drinking age. So, when they go through customs they are still very drunk. I suppose nothing would happen to them if they don’t get caught, but what if they did? How would it be different if they were or weren’t American citizens?



-Jason  swirl 


All flights have great IFE...get yourself a window seat, thats something no PTV can beat! flew 808 Pacific an Atlanic
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User currently offlineGoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2694 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

The more I think about it, this is basically a non-aviation question. If Canada had a drinking age lower than the U.S. (does it? I think it's 18) and you crossed the border drunk at the age of 18-20 it'd be the same situation.

User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3460 times:

I can imagine that nothing will happen because you drunk in a country where it is legal to drink under 21.

The same for smoking weed in Holland, I can smoke myself completely stoned there and enter the Federal Republic of Germany in this condition, nobody can say anything as long as I am not driving or carrying dope with me.

Patrick


User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Quoting N808NW (Thread starter):
people enter the U.S on say BA or AF and have a few to many drinks on the flight where it is legal..



Quoting N808NW (Thread starter):
So, when they go through customs they are still very drunk.

Its totally illegal to be drunk on an aircraft no matter what age!

So they may not even get to customs!!!

Ryan



ooh to ooh to be ooh to be a gooner!
User currently offlineN808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3452 times:

Yeah... this dose belong in non av...I wasnt thinking. Anyway, America is full of pricks and they rule the country... I bet somthing would happen.


-Jason  swirl 



All flights have great IFE...get yourself a window seat, thats something no PTV can beat! flew 808 Pacific an Atlanic
User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 18 hours ago) and read 3444 times:

Quoting Ryangooner (Reply 3):
Its totally illegal to be drunk on an aircraft no matter what age!

WTF?

then whats the point of flying business class?


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

In Canada the drinking age in Ontario is 19. I live in Windsor, which is essentially 200 meters from Detroit and we get 19 year old Americans here all the time getting drunk because the age is lower. I have no idea what happens when they try to cross back over the border drunk, I think a lot of them spend the night here in Ontario. I worked at a club where the majority of people that entered showed me Michigan ID's, I know most of them were spending the night at the Days Inn just off the main strip where most of the bars are.

Personally, I am 20, and going to a few events in Michigan I have been extremely inebriated and American customs didn't seem to have a problem, they just told me to have a good time at the game, although I wasn't driving so that could be why.

- Neil


User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

The legal answer:

You may be cited under public intoxication laws which are not age dependant... only based on you being... intoxicated... in public.


Drinking age restrictions are just that. A restriction against drinking. Once you've already done the drinking, the age restriction is rather moot.

There are always MIP charges though... so don't get caught holding one while under age.

On a side note, many states have a gaurdian waiver policy which usually state something to the effect that minors may posses/drink in the pressence and with the consent of a legal gaurdian.


User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Quoting VSLover (Reply 5):
then whats the point of flying business class?

damn i see your point.........god bless "J"...!

Ryan



ooh to ooh to be ooh to be a gooner!
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

Quoting MDorBust (Reply 7):

You may be cited under public intoxication laws which are not age dependant... only based on you being... intoxicated... in public.

And if you are under 21, you will be cited for blowing anything above a .01, no matter how drunk you act. Trust me.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
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