I have been known, on the rare occasion, to drink when I fly.
Flying has always been a bit nerve wracking for most folks, but I enjoy it for the most part. But the epic shitshow that is air travel today has really put the screws to a lot of folks. And you can see them start to crack at the edges.
Airports are far busier than they have been in the past, or at least it seems so because staffing crunches and low quality automation make the tickets and dropoff a zoo. Security is a fucking goat rodeo if you don’t have TSA precheck, and even that is getting overcrowded. There’s a big push to buy membership in Clear and other private lines to get through faster. Carry-on restrictions are more restrictive, and with the confusion in Laptops, electronics and batteries it throws even seasoned business travelers for a loop.
Everything in the airport is high-cost, high-stress, and high-impact.
So it’s no wonder that people drink to excess and start causing problems. But Jesus, the idea that this article talks about is pure insanity. No bars open before 10am? I can understand not serving already drunk assholes, but I’ll fucking riot if you close my bar.
You have to lube up before getting on the plane. Unless you purchased First or Premium class, it can be a crapshoot if you get a good drink, let alone anything on some flights at all. Then they talk about some airlines wanting to go dry. I was actually on a domestic flight once that was dry. No warning, they simply refused to serve any alcohol.
What do I say here? Seriously? What the fuck is this shit? If you don’t want to serve on your airline, fine. WARN ME AHEAD.
If airports and airlines want to slow drinking down, I totally understand. But the problem starts with the fact that the experience starts out bad, and only goes downhill from there. Mix together the stress of flying, Security lines, schedule pressures, and super sized drinks at super sized prizes, and yeah – that’s a great mix for things to go wrong.
I’d love to see flying go back to the days of dressing up, fancy food and lounges (the famous TWA Terminal in New York is finally being rebuilt into a hotel. That place is epic.) But I don’t think we will see more like that any time soon.
Until then, I’ll be at the bar.