When I was little we lived in JED
for 12 years (1975-1987) and flew several airlines in and out of the Kingdom--mainly Saudia though, since Mom and Dad worked there. First the airlines were supposed to lock the liquour up when in JED
and I believe turn the key over to the authorities. The key was returned when the flight was finished boarding and ready for pushback. A friend of my dad who was a mechanic with Saudia was asked by a KLM rep to do some welding for him. He did it and in return, he used a spare key to unlock some Heinickens(sp)...
Normally, the booze is locked up until they are in international airspace. On my last flight out of JED
in 2001 when I went to visit my Dad, BA
made the announcement before takeoff, that they would make announcement when they would start serving alcohol. And they did. Most of us were asleep already anyways, as the flight leaves JED
at 1am and gets to LHR
Related to the US crap that has been spewed out here, on a flight from MEL
, I was sitting amongst a crowd of young Aussies going to the US to work at ski resorts for the winter. When the guy next to me asked for Rum and Coke, the male attendent looked at him and said, "Do you have ID
The kid replied, "Oh sorry, it is in the overhead bin."
looked at him some more and winced, then relented. Over the course of the flight, the kid collected about 12 little bottles of Rum!
Keep on truckin'...