When I was in Las Vegas on my last segment run, I was shocked to see “to go” cocktails being advertised at the airport bar in Terminal 3. Nothing like making it easier for people to bring alcohol onboard a plane in larger servings and then act out…
To-Go Cocktails, Our Latest Gift From Airport Bars
The title was a play on words, but in addition to the name of a popular cocktail, cosmopolitan means having wide international appeal. I don’t mean to argue that it it is urbane to sip cocktails from straws in plastic cups. Rather, it sort of reminded me of the laissez faire attitude of Germany and other parts of Europe, where public alcohol consumption is tolerated, and sometimes encouraged, on streets, public transportation, and in other places often off-limits in the still-parochial USA (and I don’t use that term pejoratively).
But the concept. My goodness, I know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the idea of buzzed passengers staggering around slot machines may be funny, but its not funny when these drinks are clandestinely brought onboard, especially when a passenger is already loaded and takes another unnecessary drink “for the road” because…he can.
I’m not a big “nanny state” kind of guy, but I this problem is hardly unique to Las Vegas. I’ve long argued that American Airlines and Southwest Airlines should bring back alcohol onboard because it allows flight attendants to better control portions and discourages people from brining their own drinks onboard, which is so easy to do when everyone has two carry-on items and airport bars just steps away from boarding gates are happy to prepare your drink to go.
Of course the sign has (fine print) disclaimers all over it. No, no, you cannot take this onboard. Please be a good fellow and follow the rules.
The unfortunate truth is that alcohol is quite profitable to sell and taxpayer dollars, whether in the form of sales tax (or perhaps drunk and disorderly fines) are needed to fund government.
I’m not saying local governments and airport authorities want people to be drunk on airplanes. But I am saying they are not helping by encouraging people to take a cocktail to go.
Practically, I’m still more for harshly punishing people with fines, community service, and potentially jail time for drinking onboard than just making it illegal to take drinks to go. Still, for people who struggle with self-control this is a very strong temptation and I’m not sure public policy is served by offering cocktails to go in boarding gate areas.
Are you in favor of to-go alcohol in airport bars?