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American and Southwest Airlines Ban Alcohol on Flights

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by Jori Ayers Jun 1, 2021

American and Southwest airlines have both started an alcohol ban on flights until further notice. In May, Southwest announced that it would stop the sale of alcohol on board, and American has now joined in.

This comes after the incident where a passenger assaulted a Southwest flight attendant. According to the San Diego Police Department, the flight attendant had multiple injuries to her face and lost two of her teeth.

Afterward, in a memo acquired by CNN, Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight service at American, wrote to flight attendants: “Flight attendants are on the front lines every day not only ensuring our customers’ safety, but are also calming fears, answering questions, and enforcing policies like federally-required face masks.”

Byrnes added that alcohol can “contribute to atypical behavior from customers onboard.”

According to the FAA, since Jan. 1, it has received “approximately 2,500 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of passengers refusing to comply with the federal facemask mandate.”

Southwest has put off alcohol service until further notice, whereas American is only serving alcohol in business and first class for the time being.

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