The reason you might not be able to drink on planes anymore

Anya Meyerowitz
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From Red Online

It might be a while before you jet off on holiday again and, even when you do, many of us realise that a bit of summer sun won't be exactly the same as it used to be.

Even once more hotels open abroad, social distancing measures will be in place around the pool, in the restaurants and likely on the beach, too.

We also know that travelling to our chosen destination will be different, with planes changing up their seating plans to accommodate sun-seekers safely en-route.


However, one thing that we didn't realise might change was the ability to have a little pre-holiday tipple onboard our flight.

Airlines including Easyjet and KLM in Europe, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines in the United States, and Virgin Australia are suspending all or part of their alcoholic drinks service in response to Covid-19.

It's part of a widespread revision of the industry's food and drink service to minimise interaction between crew and passengers and to ensure a safer journey for all.

Many airlines are limiting drink options to water only. As face masks must be worn other than when passengers are eating and drinking, it's a way of ensuring passengers are not lingering over their refreshments for longer than necessary.

So, what can you expect on your flight?

Though all airlines are requesting that passengers wear face masks on board, each is bringing in slightly different measures to help tackle the spread of the virus.

Popular budget airline Easyjet resumed domestic routes across the UK and France on June 15th, alongside a handful of international routes, and while customers can bring food and non-alcoholic drinks on board, the only refreshment on offer to buy is water.

The crew will also be managing the use of toilet facilities — so it's actually in your interest that you aren't knocking back the mini Pinot Grigio while in the skies.

Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic — as well as removing alcohol on board — will be issuing passengers with 'Health Packs,' complete with face masks, surface wipes and hand gel.

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The UK's flagship carrier, British Airways, is suspending its alcohol service in short-haul economy only, where customers will instead be offered complimentary refreshments along with a bottle of water.

Special meals, including children's meals, will also be off the menu temporarily.

Ryanair has also resumed a limited flights schedule and has changed its service so that all food is pre-packaged and must be pre-ordered before flying. Alcohol isn't off the menu, but the airline have chosen to wipe hot drinks from the menu instead, meaning you can enjoy a G&T but not a coffee to wake you up afterwards.

Despite all the changes, we're still looking forward to starting to plan future holidays — in the meantime though, here are the most stylish Airbnb homes to inspire a post-lockdown staycation.

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