Can I ask for alcohol during breakfast on a flight?

2019-05-28 11:36
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Bloody Mary? Klippies and cola? It's always 12pm somewhere, right?

The Washington Post says that according to a recent survey most passengers consume alcohol during long-haul flights. And millennials are 10% more likely to be intoxicated on a flight than any other group. 

Strange that, as I'm used to middle-aged oomies knocking back Castle after Castle on flights from Jozi to Cape Town.

We asked Twitter whether they consume alcohol on a long-haul flight: 

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Most said they don't drink at all, while the second biggest percentage said they consume one or two but don't get drunk. 

The Telegraph reports that technically there is no limit on how many units you are allowed to drink on a flight. It is an open bar. However, flight attendants won't encourage passengers to consume more alcohol after dinner service. But, of course, passengers are able to request extra drinks. 

'Alcohol privileges' could, however, be revoked if a passenger starts to engage in anti-social behaviour or starts to disturb co-passengers, eg like talking loudly, fighting, etc. 

Day drinking is one thing, but morning drinking is quite another. There are very few socially acceptably situations where hard liquor, in particular, can be consumed along with your breakfast eggs and beans.

But lets consider this scenario: You come to the end of a long-haul flight and the flight attendants start to roll out the breakfast cart. Can you order a Bloody Mary to accompany your omelette? 

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On a recent flight to Johannesburg, my colleague recalls a man ordering Klippies and cola on a 9am flight - and while a free class of bubbly (or two) will most certainly not go to waste on any Business Class flight from anywhere, it's not particularly the norm. 

The Telegraph reported that most airlines say it is unusual for passengers to order boozy beverages at breakfast. 

Whether domestic or international, you can usually order a drink on a flight before 12pm. This is unless it's an airline like Turkish Airlines, who don't serve alcohol on their domestic flights or an airline that doesn't offer this as part of their complimentary breakfast selection.

Budget-airlines like kulula and Mango offer beers on their menu, whereas pay-as-you-eat airlines like Ryanair also publicly called for restrictions on alcohol sales at airports and a ban on alcohol sales before 10 a.m after an incident on an early flight to Ibiza, according to The Washington Post.


The Telegraph also notes that some people do ask for a Bloody Mary with brekkie, however, air hostesses usually don't enjoy making it as they have to leave the cart and go to the plane's kitchen to prepare it.

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