American Airlines is extending its suspension of in-flight alcohol services through September after reports of disrespectful passengers on other airlines.
The decision was announced in an internal memo on Saturday, a day after Southwest Airlines banned a passenger who allegedly injected a flight attendant and severed her two teeth.
“Flight attendants are on the front line every day. But it only ensures the safety of our customers. But it also helps reduce fears, answer questions and enforce policies such as masking the federal government, ”the memo read. “Over the past week, we have seen some of these stresses create extremely disturbing situations on airplanes.”;
Alcoholic beverages will be offered in first class and business class, according to the record.
“Over the past week, we have seen some of these stresses create highly disturbing situations on planes,” the company said in a note. “Let me be clear: American Airlines will never tolerate harm or improper treatment of our crew members.”
On Friday, Southwest Airlines announced it would no longer return to serving alcohol following passenger misconduct across the country. The airline reported 2,500 non-passenger incidents in 2021, the National Aviation Administration announced earlier this week. These include at least 1,900 cases in which passengers refuse to wear masks.
The agency officially saw 100 to 150 cases of bad passenger behavior in a typical year.This year, unruly passengers were fined $ 15,000 for beating or injuring flight attendants and distracting the flight crew, including Pilot from on duty
Last weekend, an eyewitness on a Southwest flight from Sacramento to San Diego told police the 28-year-old passenger crashed a flight attendant during a confrontation, a statement from Southwest said she “ignored the instructions on the plane. The standards are repeated and become verbal and physical abuse when landing. “
Lyn Montgomery, president of the American Transportation Workers Union, Local 556, wrote in a letter Monday that flight attendants were “Serious bodily harm resulted in facial injuries and 2 teeth loss.”
The doctor took the flight attendant to the hospital for treatment. Her alleged attacker was arrested and charged with the battery, causing serious injuries.