Southwest Airlines Serving Alcohol Again and Expands its Beverage Service
After stopping sales of alcohol on their flights in March 2020, Southwest Airlines will be bringing back adult beverages. Spirits, wine and beer will be offered again on their flights starting February 16.
Most of the other largest airlines in the US had resumed alcohol sales previously.
Southwest will also be generally expanding their beverage selection to include tonic water, Coke Zero and hot coco.
Southwest will provide beverage service on all flights over 176 miles in length.
The airline had stated that customers had expressed their desire for more options when it came to beverages. The airline said it was delighted to restart serving adult beverages as well as expand their all-ages offerings.
However, spokes people from the union representing Southwest Airlines flight attendants have said they believe resuming alcohol service is irresponsible and unsafe. Their argument is that it makes it harder to enforce federal mask mandates on flights and in addition puts flight attendants at additional risk to exposure to Coivd-19.
The union has stated that they’ve made it very clear to Southwest Airlines management that resuming the sale of alcohol will almost certainly, they believe, increase non-compliance and misconduct issues.
“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,” Montgomery said in a statement.