American Airlines is extending the suspension of in-flight alcohol service until September after reports of unregistered passengers at other airlines.
The decision was announced in an internal memo on Saturday, a day after Southwest Airlines banned a passenger from attacking a flight attendant and knocking his two teeth.
The memo reads, "Flight attendants are not only in the front row every day to ensure the safety of our customers, but also to calm fears, answer questions and enforce policies such as federally required face masks Are. " "In the last one week we have seen that some of these stresses create a deeply disturbing situation on the board plane."
According to the memo, alcohol will be made available in the first and professional classes.
"In the last one week, we have seen that some of these tensions have caused a deeply disturbing situation on board the aircraft," the company said in the memo. "Let me be clear: American Airlines will not tolerate assault or misconduct with our employees."
On Friday, Southwest Airlines announced that it would not resume liquor service after an increase in passenger malpractice across the country. The Federal Aviation Administration has reported 2,500 incidents of unregistered passengers in 2021 earlier this week. That number includes at least 1,900 cases in which passengers refused to wear face masks.
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The agency handles 100 to 150 formal cases of poor passenger behavior in a typical year. This year, undocumented passengers have been fined up to $ 15,000 for harassing or physically assaulting flight attendants and distracting flight crews from pilots, including pilots.
Last weekend, eyewitnesses boarding a flight southwest from Sacramento to San Diego told police that a 28-year-old passenger hit a flight attendant during the collision. A Southwest statement said it "repeatedly ignored standard inflight instructions and became verbally and physically abusive upon landing."
Lynn Montgomery, president of the Transport Workers Union of America Local 556, wrote in a letter on Monday that the flight attendant was "severely attacked, resulting in injuries to the face and loss of two teeth."
Paramedics took the flight attendant to the hospital for treatment. His alleged attacker was arrested and charged with causing grievous bodily injury to a battery.