The time has come: Stop serving alcohol on planes
Posted by sanityinjection on July 28, 2008
We have all read the news blurbs about a plane flight that has to make an emergency landing because of an unruly passenger. When you get to the part about what set the passenger off, it’s almost *always* the same thing: “The rampage occurred when a flight attendant denied the women alcohol because they were visibly intoxicated, police said.”
Why do we continue to put up with this foolishness? Not only is it a safety issue, but the massive inconvenience to everyone if a plane has to be diverted must be considered. It should not be the job of a flight attendant to make decisions about whether someone is drunk or not. If we can ban smoking and a whole host of carry-on items for safety reasons, then we can stop serving alcohol on airplanes. Let people buy their own nip bottles from the duty-free shop if they are so desperate for a drink in the air.
Unfortunately, selling alcohol to the coach class passengers is profitable for the airlines, so they are in no hurry to take up my suggestion. I wonder if anyone has stopped to calculate how much of that profit is offset by the losses every time this stupidity occurs.
Here’s the latest example: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080726/ap_on_re_eu/germany_emergency_landing