Fly southwest of Lubbock? Alcohol is coming back this summer
One of the best flights I have taken and taken a number of times is the Lubbock-Las Vegas flight on Southwest Airlines. People are normally in a good mood and ready to party. And on more than one occasion, Southwest Airlines has kicked a ‘home’ drink to start the party.
Then the coronavirus pandemic struck. Not only was Las Vegas no longer fun, but flying anywhere was even more painful than usual. Not only did you have to worry about the pandemic, wearing a mask has become and still is mandatory on flights unless you are drinking or eating.
The last time I took a flight on Southwest the drink choices were pretty slim. Soda and water. That was about it and if you thought you had a refill, think again. Not very friendly to customer service.
Since coronavirus cases started to drop and Southwest and other airlines decided to start selling the middle seat again, airmen have started to wonder when can alcohol be bought again. According to USA today, Southwest is bringing back alcohol this summer.
The first flights to see the return of alcohol: the flights to Hawaii. Southwest said it would begin selling beer and red wine on flights between the mainland and Hawaii on June 24.
On July 14, it will begin selling beer, red and white wine, vodka, and whiskey on all but the shortest flights (those 251 miles and above).
Southwest also announced that it will resume serving free coffee on all flights 251 miles and above starting June 24.
Airlines have eliminated alcohol sales because customers leave their masks on longer when drinking. However, they had no problem selling the planes as quickly as they could. With more and more people getting vaccinated, airlines should get back to customer service and not make the flight totally painful.