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November 30, 2010 / naochsner

Happy hour takes off on American Airlines

American Airlines logoAmerican Airlines is offering passengers an extra way to stay merry this holiday season.  Starting December 1, passengers can purchase cocktails, wine and beer for a discounted price of $5.00 on flights that depart between 5 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.   Drinks are usually $7.00 for liquor and wine and $6.00 for beer, according to the airline’s in-flight beverage page.

The company told ABC7 News in Chicago that, “it wants to show customers it appreciates their business by spreading the holiday cheer.”

American’s move comes as USAToday reports the greater ease with which air

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travelers are getting access to alcohol.  The article reports that some airports are allowing alcohol sales earlier and airlines are promoting the sale of in-flight alcoholic beverages as a way to bring in more revenue.

Frank Larkinmakin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, says alcohol’s increased availability is concerning.  “Making liquor more available to passengers certainly has the potential to create problems for airline workers, both in the terminals and on the aircraft,” he said.

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