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No alcohol in the economy until January

American Airlines passengers traveling in Economy Class cannot purchase alcoholic beverages until January or later.

The airline announced this week to flight attendants that it will not resume alcohol sales until January 18. The schedule is tied to the state’s public transportation mask mandate, which was recently extended to this date.

American had planned to resume alcohol sales this summer, as many of its competitors have already done, but has not set a date and abandoned those plans in late May due to high profile incidents involving unruly passengers. The airline said at the time it would cease alcohol sales until September 13, the day the mask mandate should end. (American serves alcohol in first grade.)

“We are doing everything we can to create a safe environment for our crew and customers aboard our aircraft,” said Stacey Frantz, America’s senior manager of flight service policies and procedures, upon announcing the continued alcohol sales.

Frantz also said the airline is “gaining ground” in its efforts to get the Federal Aviation Administration to stop take-away alcohol sales at its hub airports in Dallas and Charlotte, among others.

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Southwest Airlines is the only other major US airline that still doesn’t serve alcohol. The airline planned to resume sales on Hawaii flights on June 24 and most on July 14, but changed its mind after one of its flight attendants was physically assaulted by a passenger.

Southwest Airlines has no schedule for resuming alcohol sales, said spokesman Dan Landson.

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