Holy Cow, You Can BYOB On JetBlue Flights

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Nyc Food & Drink Editor8 May 2017

During a season when nearly all US-based airlines seem determined to outdo each other with how poorly they can treat passengers, a bright, shining light has come to our attention. JetBlue, the low-cost carrier, allows passengers to bring—and consume—their own booze onboard.

You’re probably familiar with the TSA regulation that stipulates nothing in bottles larger than 100 mL—approximately three ounces—can be carried onboard. Even so, you can stock up on “nip”-sized bottles at your local liquor store and, as long as they’re unopened and fit in a quart-size Ziploc bag, bring them with you. But there’s a pesky FAA rule prohibiting consuming any alcohol during a flight that wasn’t opened and served to you by a flight attendant.

But JetBlue, reports The Mercury News, offers a work-around: If you ask nicely, its flight attendants will take your nip-size bottle and open and serve it to you. “If you’d like to drink the alcohol you carry on, you may give it to one of our Inflight crewmembers, and they will be happy to serve it to you,” JetBlue states on its website. Thus, the booze that would usually cost you $7 or more in-flight is yours for whatever you paid for it at the liquor store plus the effort of carrying it onto the flight. If you can get it through the TSA security checkpoint, you can drink it.

JetBlue is the only airline we’re aware of that will allow its flight attendants to serve passengers’ own alcohol, but if you know of any others, tell us in the comments below.

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