United Airlines will update its onboard alcohol policy to allow customers to enjoy two drinks at once, returning to a pre-pandemic policy concerning doubles or mixed drinks.
United Airlines Updates Alcohol Policy – Two Drinks At Once Now Permitted
During the pandemic, United Airlines eliminated alcohol altogether onboard. When onboard alcohol returned several months later, it was first limited to premium cabins only. Eventually, alcohol sales resumed in economy class, though under a strict new rule: one drink per passenger at a time.
The goal at the time was to reduce opportunities to for passengers to remove their masks while onboard and also reduce the chance of any flight disturbances that are often fueled by alcohol.
But as flying has essentially returned to pre-pandemic normal, passengers will once again be able to order two drinks at once on United.
A short memo shared with Live And Let’s Fly simply states:
United Inflight Service policy will be updated to return to the pre-pandemic standard of allowing flight attendants to serve customers two alcoholic beverages at once when requested, replacing the current one alcoholic beverage per customer policy.
Please follow SOPs to ensure customers don’t become intoxicated. This includes following the traffic light system, which helps to avoid safety threats and regulatory violations.
This has theoretically already been possible by asking nicely or by holding the first drink and then requesting a second drink a few moments later, but it now becomes policy.
It is not clear when this new policy kicks in.
The Association of Flight Attendants, the union representing United flight attendants, has not publicly offered any feedback on this policy change and it is not clear if it was consulted prior to this policy change.
United Airlines will offer doubles onboard once again, a move that will increase alcohol sales but may also lead to more incidents of unruly passengers. You will soon be able to order two alcoholic drinks at once.