Passengers flying American Airlines will be waiting a while for that next mile-high cocktail – American says it will not serve alcohol in its main cabin until January 18, 2022, which is when the recently-extended U.S. mask mandate expires.
The airline first suspended alcohol sales back in March 2020. The plan was to bring it back this September when the United States’ mask mandate was set to expire.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, last Tuesday (Aug. 17), announced that it would extend the mandate through January 18 "to minimize the spread of Covid-19 on public transportation."
In a memo sent to employees on Thursday (Aug. 19), American said that it will, as such, be suspending in-flight booze sales until next year.
"We are doing all we can to help create a safe environment for our crew and customers onboard our aircraft," the memo read, according to a report from CNN.
The airline also noted how it is "gaining ground" in helping curb to-go alcohol sales in airports, which is part of the FAA's crackdown on unruly airline passengers.
Many airlines have suspended in-flight alcohol sales during the pandemic. However, Premium-class cabins, in many cases, have continued to offer wine and cocktail menus.