Its my understanding that the FAA requires all beverages served on the ground (aboard a commerical plane) to be in plastic. My dad has flown on National Airlines in F several times, and insists that they offer pre-flight drinks in real glasses. I'm curious as to whether there are any National F/As here who could explain how they are able to do this. Is it possible that the glasses really plastic, but made to look like glass?
hmmmm....I do believe this is correct. In both business and first I have been served beverages in plastic before take off, and also, just prior to landing have had my beverage transferred from glass to plastic (on UAL and BA). I'll ask my brother, who is a FA for United.
I just went through Int'l training yesterday at DL and we used to serve beverages in glasses during boarding. It is an F.A.R. that glasses are not to be used for onground beverage service. Your dad's experience on Nat'l may very well be that he was served and given a glass. They are in violation of F.A.R.'s by doing so, but I wouldn't doubt that the Nat'l people either don't know about this rule, or that particular flight crew was unaware about the rule either.