Southwest Airlines finally allows passengers to drink on flights
After nearly two years, Southwest Airlines will resume alcohol sales on flights this month.
On Thursday, the airline announced that passengers on flights over 176 miles can choose from an expanded beverage selection. The selection will include Miller Lite, Blue Moon, Lagunitas IPA, Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vodka, Lime Vodka, Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, Bacardi Rum and Tequila. The updated menu also extends beyond alcoholic beverages, as the carrier will now offer tonic water, apple juice, Coke Zero, Dr. Pepper, hot tea, and hot chocolate.
Southwest initially suspended catering services at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Although the carrier has brought back other services, the reappearance of alcohol on in-flight menus is up in the air. Initial plans to bring back alcohol in June 2021 were scrapped due to unruly passengers. Just last week, the airline vetoed restoring service due to the recent spike in the highly contagious variant of COVID-19, Omicron.
The onboard beverage selection will be available to passengers from February 16, 2022. Travelers will also be able to redeem any South West beverage coupon expiring in 2020 or 2021 for an alcoholic beverage until December 31, 2022.