Multiple Airlines Are Banning Alcohol on Flights Due to COVID-19

Here's why.

The new normal in air travel isn't just about protective equipment, no-touch policies, and other safety guidelines. It's also affecting how much booze you can consume or, rather, the lack of it.

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According to CNN, Easyjet, KLM, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Virgin Australia will cease serving alcohol on certain flights for the time being. Different airlines have different rules, of course. JetBlue, for one, will be serving pre-sealed bags with water and snacks to lessen interaction.

Airlines have a very good reason for pausing alcohol services. It's to minimize more contact between crew and passengers. We wouldn't be surprised if they also took into account the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) said that drinking alcohol makes coronavirus worse.

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"Alcohol consumption is associated with a range of communicable and noncommunicable diseases and mental health disorders, which can make a person more vulnerable to COVID-19," the WHO says. "In particular, alcohol compromises the body’s immune system and increases the risk of adverse health outcomes. Therefore, people should minimize their alcohol consumption at any time, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic."

But, don't fret: Most airlines still allow you to bring alcohol on-board.

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