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Don’t Show Up Intoxicated

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Drinking alcohol seems to be a big part of the airline travel experience. Whether on vacation or traveling home from business people often want to have a drink. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t become intoxicated.

Airports have bars, restaurants and lounges that serve alcohol. Many travelers take advantage of this if they arrive early or have a long connection. Most airlines also serve alcohol on their planes (usually for purchase). Having a drink or two is not the problem.

Problems start when you have too many drinks. Your speech begins to slur, you talk too loud, and you lose your inhibitions. This can lead to poor decision making and disruptions to both passengers and crew. For these reasons passengers who appear intoxicated are not allowed on flights.

No one wants to fly with a drunk passenger. Often times passengers themselves will be the ones to alert flight crews to the presence of someone who appears intoxicated. Gate agents will deny boarding to anyone who seems like they are drunk. So before you have that 3rd or 4th drink, think about how it could affect your travel plans.

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Jay Muller

Author of The Flight Advisor