American Airlines is allowed to serve alcohol on flights again after a nine-month ban

American Airlines has announced that it will resume serving alcohol on its flights from April 18 after a nearly nine-month ban.

The catering rules change comes in conjunction with the end of the U.S. federal mask mandate for all transportation, which was extended to the same date (although this may be renewed again).

American was one of several US airlines, including Southwest and Delta, to ban the sale of alcohol on its flights in 2021 after a spike in the number recalcitrant incidents with passengers during the pandemic.

Meanwhile in Europe, both easyJet and KLM suspended alcohol sales for a period of the pandemic, as did Virgin Australia.

Southwest Airlines reintroduced alcohol sales on its flights in February, leaving American as the last alcohol-free airline to stand.

For the past few months, American Airlines has continued to serve alcohol in First Class while removing it from trolleys in Economy Class.

“Our customers have expressed that having these options on board is important to their experience with us,” the airline said in a statement this week.

Spirits like gin, rum, vodka, and whiskey, as well as wine, are $9 (€8.15), while beer is $8 (€5.40).

During the coronavirus pandemic, disruptive incidents involving passengers skyrocketed. In 2021, there were 5,981 reports of unruly passengers on US airlines, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Of these, 4,290 were mask-related.

In response, airlines, including Delta, called for a nationwide no-fly list that would ban recalcitrant passengers from all airlines following an airline violation.

However, last month eight Republican senators opposed the proposed list, saying it would unfairly equate mask refusers with terrorists. American Airlines is allowed to serve alcohol on flights again after a nine-month ban

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