This week in aviation, we weighed the pros and cons of something flyers take for granted: drinking on board. Carriers don't want drunk, belligerent passengers, but they also don't want to lose their reliable booze revenue, either.
Airline News Weekly Roundup
Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.
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>>Despite some well-publicized incidents involving drunk passengers, U.S. airlines aren’t about to fly dry. The revenue is just too big. But flight attendants say drunk passengers are the top source of harassment and want airline staff to keep them off planes: Will Booze Ever Be Banned on U.S. Airline Flights?
>>Some people get drunk and cause a scene on airplanes. It’s horrible, and it shouldn’t happen. But are airlines at fault? No way: The Tricky Business of Selling Alcohol on Planes
>>Subscription-based Surf Air’s troubles make us question whether the traditional model of airlines and fare pricing can ever be disrupted: The Quick Descent of Surf Air
>>Ryanair hasn’t had the best year. Its reputation took a hit recently when it was forced to cancel thousands of flights because of pilot scheduling issues. But the customers have come back. Why? Cheap fares. It’s the secret sauce: Video: Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer on the Power of Selling Direct
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Photo credit: American Airlines' drink service for business class passengers with Japanese plum liqueur on October 22, 2014. Carriers must weigh the pros and cons of serving alcohol on board. Luke Lai / Flickr