Will Airlines Ever Really Ban Booze?

On April 1st, 2019, long before booze-fueled COVID-19 mask defiance, I wrote, “Drunk and out-of-control passengers are becoming a real problem, groping and assaulting flight attendants, fighting other passengers and air marshals, attempting to open the aircraft door mid-flight and attempting to get into the cockpit.” The April Fool’s Day-dated story’s title? “Should Airlines Consider Banning Alcohol On Aircraft?”

Since then, the situation has not improved. Passengers freed from COVID-19 ‘house arrest’ have run amuck. One woman literally knocked out the teeth of a Southwest flight attendant. Since February, U.S. airlines have referred more than 1,300 unruly-passenger reports to the Federal Aviation Agency. Passengers have been restrained

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