11.22.2014

Preamble: In Flight Beverages

I like that United still has complimentary non-alcoholic beverages on flights, even though they charge an arm and a leg for alcohol. I don't normally drink on planes, so this is fine with me.

I am fairly certain the main impetus for airport TSA not allowing full drinking bottles through security is strong persuasion by corporate interests in the alcoholic beverage industry and not for legitimate security concerns.

If people could transport screwdrivers and gin and tonics in Nalgene water bottles, the airlines would take a big hit on booze sales.

On the other hand, maybe it is a security thing. Because there is bound to be some idiot who tries to fill his bottle with carbonated beer, which would react explosively at high altitude.

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