Southwest Airlines is bringing alcohol back on board this month after a 2 year ban. A flight attendants' union called the move 'unsafe and irresponsible.'
Southwest Airlineswill start selling alcoholon planes again from February 16. Southwestpaused in-flight alcohol sales in 2020 because of COVID-19 and a rise in unruly passengers.
Southwest Airlines announced it will resume alcohol sales on its planes this month after a hiatus of almost two years, but a flight attendants' union is unhappy with the reversal.
The carrier said in a statement Thursday that it will start offering booze again to customers from February 16 after it halted its in-flight alcohol service in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beverages on offer will include wine, beers, vodka, rum, and other liqueurs priced between $6 and $7, Southwest said.
Southwest first paused alcohol sales on board its planes in March 2020 to reduce contact between staff and passengers amid the pandemic. The
"Customers have expressed a desire for more beverage options, so we're delighted to restore additional on-board offerings," Tony Roach, vice president of customer experience and customer relations, said in the statement.
Lyn Montgomery, president of TWU Local 556 which represents Southwest's flight attendants, told Insider that the union is "outraged" at the resumption of alcohol sales on board, saying it was "unsafe and irresponsible."
Alcohol sales shouldn't resume while the federal mask mandate is in place because "customer non-compliance and misconduct issues" could increase, Montgomery said.
As well as alcoholic beverages, Southwest said it will add more soft drinks, such as Coke Zero, hot cocoa, and apple juice to its menu from February 16.
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