Your flight to the Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort is about to get one sip closer to normalcy.
Southwest Airlines announced it is planning on bringing back alcoholic drinks on flights in less than two weeks!
According to WESH 2, “Beer, wine and hard liquor will be offered again starting on Feb. 16, the airline said in a news release… On Southwest, non-alcoholic beverage service will also be expanded on Feb. 16 to include options such as tonic water, Coke Zero, and hot chocolate. The beverage service is available on flights of 176 miles or more.”
“Customers have expressed a desire for more beverage options, so we’re delighted to restore additional on-board offerings as a part of the Southwest hospitality that our customers know and love,” said Tony Roach, vice president of Southwest customer experience and customer relations, in the news release.
Flight attendants unions reportedly fought against Southwest’s decision but lost, arguing that it is more difficult to get people who drink alcohol to comply with onboard mask mandates.
Southwest suspended its sale of in-flight alcoholic beverages in March 2020, following Delta and United Airlines. American Airlines remains the only one of America’s four largest carriers that has yet to resume the sale of alcoholic beverages.
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“We will continue to evaluate the situation and work closely with the union that represents our flight attendants, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and medical experts on this process to determine when we will return to full service in the main cabin,” American Airlines said in a statement.
Southwest is one of several carriers to fly in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) for folks traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and John Wayne Airport in Orange County.
This news follows the recent chilling air travel stories of thousands of flights, including hundreds in and out of MCO, have been canceled due to winter storms.