N808NW From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5659 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?
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GoBoeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2816 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5659 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.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5643 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.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5619 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.