Summer is going to be dry on American Airlines flights this summer.
The carrier will delay the sale of alcoholic beverages to main cabin passengers as the number of violent incidents on board has increased, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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The situations range from passengers refusing to wear masks to fights with flight attendants.
American will refrain from resuming alcohol sales until at least September 14, when the federal mask’s mandate expires, according to a crew member.
The airline was due to bring back alcohol sales on Tuesday.
American’s move follows the same move by Southwest Airlines following concerns expressed by flight attendants about onboard violence after a bloody assault on a Southwest flight attendant last week on a flight landing in San Diego.
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“Over the past week, we’ve seen some of these stressors create deeply disruptive situations on board airplanes,” said Brady Byrnes, U.S. vice president of flight safety, in a letter to members of the Air Force. crew that was seen by the newspaper. “Be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or mistreatment of our crews. “
In March 2020, American discontinued alcoholic beverage service and reduced the service of non-alcoholic beverages, juices, snacks, and food during the coronavirus pandemic to limit contact between flight attendants and passengers.
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The Federal Aviation Administration has reported more than 2,500 reports of passenger misconduct this year.