Airlines are temporarily suspending alcohol service on flights amid pandemic

Now we can’t knock one back to beat those pre-flight jitters.

Two major airlines in the U.K. are temporarily suspending in-flight alcohol service in the high skies as the coronavirus pandemic continues, following the implementation of policies previously announced by Delta and American Airlines.

As operations gradually resume, EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic will not serve alcohol on board for the time being. Spokespersons for both carriers told Fox News on Tuesday that the respective decisions will remain under review, amid a changing future.

As operations gradually resume, EasyJet will not serve alcohol on board for a short time.

As operations gradually resume, EasyJet will not serve alcohol on board for a short time. (iStock)

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A spokesperson for EasyJet confirmed that there will be no alcohol service for a short time as flights resume, a move that will be “be kept under review,” moving forward.

“No final decisions on what will be served has been made yet, albeit we are clear that freshly prepared food will not be available,” the spokesperson said, stressing that alcohol has not been banned from the carrier altogether.

Virgin is “temporarily removing alcohol” in a bid to reduce contact between customers and crew, reports say.

Virgin is “temporarily removing alcohol” in a bid to reduce contact between customers and crew, reports say. (iStock)

At Virgin, the airline is also “temporarily removing alcohol” in a bid to reduce contact between customers and crew, a spokesperson shared.

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“We’ve also changed some of our food and drink on board including temporarily removing alcohol and offering our onboard meals in a way that they come straight from a controlled catering environment to our customer’s seat, reducing interaction,” the Virgin spokesperson said.

Duty-free products are still available for passengers to pre-order and have delivered, they added.

Stateside, both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have temporarily limited their in-flight liquor service to help stop the potential spread of the viral disease.

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