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Sun May 30, 2021, 12:48 AM

American Airlines extends suspension of alcohol services following Southwest flight attendant assaul

Source: CNN

By Jazmin Goodwin,

New York (CNN Business)American Airlines has joined Southwest Airlines (LUV) in suspending alcohol services on flights, the airline said Saturday. The decision follows a recent assault of a Southwest flight attendant that resulted in a serious injury.

"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," said Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight service at American, in a memo to flight attendants obtained by CNN.

"Over the past week we've seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft," the memo said. "Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews."

Like other airlines, American (AAL) first suspended alcohol sales in March 2020 to minimize interaction between crew and passengers and to ensure safer flights.


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/29/business/airlines-alcohol-suspension/index.html

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Reply American Airlines extends suspension of alcohol services following Southwest flight attendant assaul (Original post)
Omaha Steve May 2021 OP
elleng May 2021 #1
Irish_Dem May 2021 #2
Major Nikon May 2021 #8
Irish_Dem May 2021 #11
Major Nikon May 2021 #14
Irish_Dem May 2021 #16
TexasBushwhacker May 2021 #21
applegrove May 2021 #3
Mawspam2 May 2021 #4
PSPS May 2021 #5
COL Mustard May 2021 #6
GoneOffShore May 2021 #7
JohnnyRingo May 2021 #9
Sherman A1 May 2021 #10
aggiesal May 2021 #12
SWBTATTReg May 2021 #13
Marrah_Goodman May 2021 #15
Hiawatha Pete May 2021 #17
paleotn May 2021 #18
Javaman May 2021 #19
BradAllison May 2021 #23
LiberatedUSA May 2021 #20
marble falls May 2021 #22

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 12:50 AM

1. Methamphetamines too???

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 12:57 AM

2. About time.

Intoxicated passengers pose a risk to the lives of the crew and other passengers.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #2)

Sun May 30, 2021, 03:27 AM

8. I have mixed feelings about it

On the one hand it sux that a few assholes have to ruin it for everyone who otherwise drinks responsibly. On the other hand shit is getting out of control and something should be done.

The other side to this is you could actually make things worse. Hard core alcoholics can go into withdrawal and just as easily go ape shit berserk.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:25 AM

11. The risk of alcohol withdrawal is much lower than the risk of drunk passengers.

The American public seems to be out of control, alcohol only makes it worse.

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Response to Irish_Dem (Reply #11)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:09 AM

14. Those two groups aren't necessarily mutually exclusive

Certainly drunk people more easily allow themselves to be controlled by their emotions. I suspect many of those who’s cheese has slid off their cracker are experiencing withdrawal of one type or another.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #14)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:16 AM

16. Or perhaps because they are out of their normal routine, they cranked up their substance intake.

I am an USAF brat and we took flying on an aircraft seriously.
Everyone on board a plane had a responsibility to keep things safe.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 09:16 PM

21. Well, heroin addicts can't shoot up in flight either

Alcoholics may be uncomfortable not drinking for a few hours, but they aren't in any dangers. It takes days for DTs to start.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:03 AM

3. Apparently hundreds of people are bullying their fellow passengers on planes.

It is an outbreak.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:28 AM

4. I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

If you're too much of a lush to not drink during a 4 hour flight, you don't deserve to fly.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:40 AM

5. The only thing worse than a MAGA is a drunk MAGA.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #5)

Sun May 30, 2021, 03:07 AM

6. I Would Have To Be Drunk

To be a MAGA. I don’t know how my MAGA family members do it.

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Response to COL Mustard (Reply #6)

Sun May 30, 2021, 03:10 AM

7. Maybe they bought the DIY Home Lobotomy Kit that Alex Jones was selling?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:18 AM

9. Always someone to screw it up for the rest of us.

Just like the first guy to drive off without paying for gas, and I'd like to know what kind of awful person would sneeze on a salad bar.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:15 AM

10. Good

Folks can wait until the get to their destination.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 10:33 AM

12. Here's a suggestion ...

How about the airlines stop treating us like cattle and remove 2 rows of seats and create more leg space for each row and maybe we won't feel so cramped, stressed or claustrophobic during the flight?
This would minimizing any need for alcohol to releave those tensions!

Hey, we can dream, can't we?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:01 AM

13. Still won't do any good. Alcoholics or heavy drinkers are still going to get that drink (or drinks)

at the bar in the airport, or the bar prior to getting to the airport.

You would think that the heavy drinkers etc. would be more responsible for if they lost the ability to fly, thus affecting their job (possibly resulting in being fired), etc., they would be more responsible.

I hope that the person who assaulted that flight attendant pays in both time served in jail, loses their job, and also pays restitution to the attendant. This has got to stop and one way of stopping this insanity is to really nail the perpetrators civilly and criminally.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:12 AM

15. I think bars in airports are a big mistake.

Then maybe just one drink on a flight.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:34 AM

17. Glad I take the train

Traveled over 150,000 miles on Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada, with meal & alcohol/beverage service, sometimes 4 days at a time on the train - and NEVER encountered a drunk miserable passenger assaulting or being verbally abusive to passengers or crew. Everyone on board seemed happy to be there.

What's with these people that can't handle a 3 hour flight?

Pete

(See my travels at: https://northamericabyrail.info/ )

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 11:35 AM

18. I never thought alcohol on passenger flights was a good idea to begin with.

Hundred or more people randomly selected, in close proximity, sitting on uncomfortable seats for hours. Lets throw in some booze! What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 04:08 PM

19. Years ago on a SW flight

I sat next to a very obnoxious drunk. She wouldn’t shut up. I had to get some work done. Any time I ignored her she would get pissed that I was ignoring her. I got up and pleaded with the FA if there was any other seat available. None were. I get back to my seat and she must have gotten wind of what I did. She started yelling at me that I was being rude. I hadn’t said anything to her at all. I gave up on work and just put ear plugs one while she continued to rant. I still had an hour to go in the flight. They stopped serving her booze. Small concession. We land and before we could deplane, an announcement came over that we are to remain seated for a moment. Of course this started her ranting and raving again, but I did learn something when she was yelling, “my husband works for SW, he’s a big deal and you’ll all be fired”. The FA came over and asked myself and the other person in the isle seat to get up and move to rare if the plane , leaving the drunk wondering what was happening. It was at that point, the transit police came on and arrested her. The FA whispered to me and the other person, “yeah, her husband is big wheel with SW but she isn’t and has lost all her flying privileges”’. The drunk ranted some more but was balled off.

People can be such dicks on planes.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #19)

Mon May 31, 2021, 12:35 PM

23. You should not have had to endure that abuse

She should have been ejected over the midwest.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 09:05 PM

20. I don't know why anyone would want to drink on a plane.

I stopped drinking years ago, but it always made me need to pee every 20 or 30 minutes. You get up that much to go on a plane, and you will likely get negative attention and told to sit down and stay or get forced off.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon May 31, 2021, 10:18 AM

22. Lock them up, put them on no-fly lists, we put people on them for a lot less than this crap.

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