Culinary no-no #699


President Joe Biden on Jan. 21 ordered government agencies to “immediately take action” to require masks in airports and on commercial aircraft, trains and public maritime vessels, including ferries, intercity bus services and all public transportation.

About a week later the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a sweeping order requiring the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation.

The order (still in effect) requires face masks to be worn by all travelers on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares and at transportation hubs like airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations and seaports.

The CDC said people violating the order could potentially face criminal penalties.

Has the designed deterrent worked?

A recent report by NBC:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed civil penalties ranging from $9,000 to $15,000 against five airline passengers for allegedly interfering with and, in two cases, assaulting flight attendants who instructed them to obey cabin crew instructions and various federal regulations. Details of those five cases are here.

Ah, the good old days…

Spring 2020 Inflight beverage menu

Prior to the pandemic Ryan Boyd of Fodor’s wrote:

Listen to me: I fly Southwest because I’m broke and I usually smuggle my own booze aboard flights, but I don’t actually need to – Southwest has a really good selection of in-flight drinks that don’t cost a lot of money. You won’t spend more than seven bucks on a drink, and they’ve got some lovely, simple cocktails like Mimosas and Rum & Coke made with name-brand liquors. And on Halloween, canonically the best holiday of the year, they give out free cocktails. They also come with those tiny plastic cocktail swords, which, I gotta tell you, is very important to me.

Now that COVID seems to be on life support Southwest had previously announced that it would start serving beer and wine on flights to and from Hawaii on June 24. Also, Southwest planned to resume selling beer, wine, vodka, and whisky on all flights over 251 miles on July 14.

Forget it.

Southwest flight attendants’ union president Lyn Montgomery wrote a letter to the airline’s CEO Gary Kelly stating, “As alcohol sales are added back into this already volatile environment, you can surely understand our concern.”

Southwest now says there is currently “no timetable” for alcohol sales to resume.

American Airlines said it won’t sell alcoholic beverages in the main cabin through Sept. 13, when the federal mask mandate is set to expire. It will still offer alcohol beverages in first and business class.

“Over the past week we’ve seen some of these stressors create deeply disturbing situations on board aircraft,” Brady Byrnes, managing director of flight service at American, said in a note to flight attendants. “Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews.”

Suspending liquor sales is understandable. Just get me and my bags to my destination safely and on time.


WDW $$$

ICYMI, Culinary no-no #698

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