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Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020. 1:08 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Several airlines have announced that they will suspend the sale of alcoholic drinks in-flight as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports CNN.

The list of airlines which include Easyjet and KLM in Europe, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines in the United States, and Asia’s Virgin Australia, have reportedly made the decision as a part of a larger review of the airline industry’s review of its food and drink service, with a view to minimize contact between passengers and the flight crew.

The rationale for the decision is tied to the mandatory requirement for the wearing of masks throughout the flight. Travelers are allowed to take off their masks when eating and drinking, and the sale of alcoholic beverages leads to passengers spending longer periods of time with their mask off while consuming said beverage.

The implementation of these measures vary between airlines and regions, with some only offering alcohol to higher class passengers, some cutting the service altogether, and others suspending the sale of alcohol on domestic flights but keeping the option on international flights.

The decision is just another in a long list of ways COVID-19 has affected global travel. These changes are currently being rolled out as airlines resume flights after grounding their fleets during the height of the global pandemic.

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