CO President's Club lounges are reciprocal with all other SkyTeam members lounge memberships. If the passenger was flying in F class on a domestic itinerary (IAH
is not international), then he would not be allowed access into the lounge, because as I understand it, that access is for Premium Class (F or J/C) international departures from that airport...or a member of the President's Club. According to King Air Man's statement, he continued that night to SFO
) and was allowed access into SQ
's lounge as he was flying F class on SQ
that night from SFO
Now the person stating that he was denied access because of his age got it all wrong. CO
President's Clubs do have a bar, but they are not an open bar, they are hosted. Therefore, any minor who is traveling on a premium class on a SkyTeam carrier would have been allowed access if he had been departing IAH
to, say, NRT
. It was the correct thing for the agent to do; it was just the wrong rationale.
Access to lounges for minors is permitted if the passenger is flying on a premium class ticket from that departure city, OR
has a membership to the Club (or reciprocal alliance airline Club). If they are under age, they may be carded to determine if they are legal, since no liquor can be served to any minor (regardless of class of service) on the ground in the USA. Once in the air, the rules of the country from where the airline is based governs the serving of liquors to minors. In the case of SQ
, I believe it is 18 years of age.
King Air Man was caught in that unfortunate gray zone; the domestic leg of an international journey, where DOMESTIC rules apply.
Too bad, because I'm sure King Air Man was not there to drink, just to rest; especially given the fact he was starting a very long journey. BTW, why was he flying DL IAH
? They don't have nonstop service, he would have had to connect at SLC
. Of course, he may have been on a code share, but I didn't know that CO
/DL code shared on domestic services between IAH
David L. Lamb, fmr Area Mgr Alitalia SFO 1998-2002, fmr Regional Analyst SFO-UAL 1992-1998