Who likes to drink on planes? Everyone, of course. If you are not imbibing on a flight, it must be because……..I’m thinking here…….well, you must have reasons. I have noticed that mini cocktail kits for airplane flights are very popular these days. They are small kits that contain all you need to make a cocktail for yourself while flying. If you ever aspired to be a mixologist, or just like to drink on planes, then you might be interested in what I have to say.
Recently, my daughter bought one of these kits and brought it on her flight to Australia. Her choice was a Moscow mule. It came with a jigger, a stirrer, a linen coaster and ginger syrup. Only the vodka was missing. It was super cute and came in a small tin.
There are several cocktail choices available out there, such as the Margarita, Bloody Mary, the Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Hot Toddy, and the Champagne cocktail.
While the kits are adorable, I see two problems.
First, it is only for one drink. Do you also see the problem here????
Second, in order for you to enjoy the lovely mixed cocktail, you must have a flight attendant that is working the beverage cart and actual serves you in a timely manner. Do you see the problem here too???
This got me thinking about drinking and flying. I found out that YES, YOU CAN bring mini bottles of alcohol on a plane with you! From the TSA.org website: Travelers may carry as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (mini bottles of liquor are 1.7 ounces) that fit comfortably in one, quart sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Comfortable means that the bag will seal without busting at the seams. One bag is permitted per passenger.
So…how many mini liquor bottles will fit in a quart sized bag, you ask? The answer is 5-7.
With all of this new information, I’m thinking I could bring my mixology kit and whip myself up a drink (or two) any time I wanted. Or skip the purchased cocktail kit and just bring my own. Or no kit at all, and just have a take-off shot!
WELL…. NOT SO FAST! While you can carry alcohol on a plane, the U.S. airlines ban passengers from pouring their own booze.
The Federal Law regarding alcoholic beverages states:
§ 121.575 Alcoholic beverages.
(a) No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage to him.
So you can bring alcohol on board but you are not allowed to drink it! The reasoning behind this is that the flight crew does not want everyone on board the plane drinking. They want to be able to handle the passengers at all times, and to do this they control who is served and how much.
Flying is extremely frustrating and stressful. The idea of turning your tray table into a mixology station is pretty cool but only if the flight attendant serves you the alcohol. Now you know.