How old do I have to be to drink alcohol on a plane?
While the flight is on the ground, you always must comply by the rules of the country or state you are in. In the sky, though, it’s a bit more of a wild west situation. It depends on the airline. Usually, the rules on the flight correlate to the laws of the country in which the airline is registered. That said, some flights look to the laws in their destination country to decide upon a legal drinking age.
Can I bring my own alcohol onto the plane?
Yes, you may bring alcohol within the TSA approved limits (3.4 ounces or less) on a plane. You may also bring on any bottle of wine or beer you bought within the terminal—as long as it is unopened.
Can I drink my own alcohol on the plane?
Here’s where things get muddy. You cannot serve your own alcohol. But some airlines, like JetBlue, will allow you to BYO alcohol with the intention of drinking it. You must hand it over to a flight attendant for them to open and serve you. That way, they can monitor how much you imbibe. Many other airlines though won’t serve you anything you don’t buy from them.
Can I take anything I don’t drink off the plane?
No you cannot. Don’t try stocking up on mini bottles to give as gifts. You can’t take your drinks to go.
How much can I drink on the plane?
Like in a bar, there is no set number of drinks allotted to each passenger. But the flight attendants do have the right to refuse to serve you any more booze, should you appear overly intoxicated in any way. Similarly, the airline can also refuse to let you on the plane if you drank too much while waiting for your flight in the airport. Pace yourself, traveler.