Starting from February 16, Southwest Airlines will resume alcohol sales on most of its flights after nearly two years.
The Dallas-based airline originally paused alcohol and other services in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Last week, the airline’s COO said the carrier would likely bring alcohol sales back, in the first quarter or early second quarter.
The sale of alcohol will include beer, wine, rum, tequila and vodka on flights of at least 176 miles long. It was also disclosed that it will also add tonic water, apple juice, Coke Zero, Dr Pepper, hot tea and hot cocoa to the current lineup of non-alcoholic beverages.
Lyn Montgomery, the President of Southwest flight attendants’ union said in a statement through NBC News that; “We have adamantly and unequivocally informed management that resuming sales of alcohol while the mask mandate is in place has the great potential to increase customer non-compliance and misconduct issues.”
Also, Tony Roach, Southwest’s Vice President of customer experience and customer relations said in a statement; “Customers have expressed a desire for more beverage options, so we’re delighted to restore additional onboard offerings as part of the Southwest Hospitality that our Customers know and love.”
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