American Airlines extends alcohol ban through Jan. 18, report says

American Airlines passenger jets prepare for departure, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near a terminal at Boston Logan International Airport, in Boston. American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) on Thursday, July 22 reported second-quarter net income of $19 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Steven Senne, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Travelers won’t be able to enjoy cocktails while flying with American Airlines for a little longer.

The Texas-based airline announced Thursday they extended its suspension of domestic main cabin alcohol sales through Jan. 18, CNBC reported.

The suspension was previously set to end Sept. 13, aligning with the federal mask mandate’s expiration in public transportation, according to CNBC. However, the TSA also announced Thursday the mask mandate would be extended through Jan. 18.

The ban is an effort to prevent unruly travel behavior on flights, mostly those who refuse to wear masks during travel, CNBC reported.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement to airport officials on Aug. 3 that investigations had shown alcohol often contributes to unsafe behavior and requested airports to work with concessionaires to help avoid additional incidents.

A total of more than $1 million in fines have been given to unruly passengers this year for alleged unruly behavior, according to CNBC.


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