TL;DR – Because it could potentially impact the safety of all passengers during an emergency.
Most airlines serve alcoholic beverages onboard.
Some may charge you for it, while others offer (at least) free beer and wine on international flights. Meaning to say, you can drink as much as you want.
However, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of having alcohol served onboard – especially if it is being served to passengers seated in the emergency exit row.
In Straits Times Forum writer Mr Gopalan Ravishankar’s opinion, serving alcohol to passengers sitting in an emergency exit row seat should be stopped as it could potentially impact the safety of all passengers during an emergency.
In his letter, he wrote:
On a flight last week to Singapore, I reserved an emergency exit-row seat. Booking of these seats require confirmation of our physical ability and willingness to act as briefed upon an emergency evacuation call from the pilots.
I noticed that some of my fellow passengers occupying emergency exit-row seats were served alcohol; one of them drank enough that his speech and mobility, as noticed when disembarking, were impaired.
In my opinion, serving alcohol to passengers occupying emergency exit-row seats should be stopped as it potentially impacts the safety of all passengers during an emergency.
Do you think airlines should stop serving alcoholic drinks to passengers seated in the emergency exit row?