Self-serve alcohol on AC

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  1. Exit Row
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    A co-worker and I were discussing this today.

    In the Maple Leaf Lounges, alcohol is self-serve. On international flights in J, alcohol is self-serve. Now, common sense (or social norms) tell me that bringing your own booze on a flight and serving it to yourself is likely not allowed, and in the US, I believe this is law. However, in Canada, and on AC, is there any specific Canadian law or AC policy around this? We both did some high-level research and came up empty.

    Anyone know the OFFICIAL rules/law?
     
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    Yes, there is a federal transport law that prohibits the consumption of your own alcohol on a "common carrier" which actually goes back to railway days. MLLs are private clubs and thus can provide alcohol to members without charge and in a self-serve mode. Inflight international becomes a similar situation, at least for J cabin "members".
     
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    How about international flights?

    There are 100mL sake sold in NRT duty-free stores for consumption onboard airplanes. I wonder if these could be consumed.

    The North American Liquor laws are sooooo backwards. Who said these are free countries? There is no freedom in drinking.:mad:
     
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    I just flew back from Dominican Republic on Transat - it was quite a shock to me that travel with no status on a non-*A airline is actually survivable! The point of my post is that during the pre-flight announcements, the FA said "federal law prohibits the consumption of any alcohol that you have brought on board yourself". (Perhaps some fellow vacationers were suffering rum-punch withdrawal). I didn't think to ask her for the number of the relevant statute, but I'm sure she didn't make it up.
     
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    I understand what you're saying and I believe you that it's a federal law...but I cannot find reference to it. Anyone know where I can find this? Want to prove a point. :)
     
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    so no mini's in the 311 bag? :confused: my bad :cool:
     
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    Good link.

    I never knew that it was illegal to leave an aircraft during flight; I'll have to stop doing it now.
     
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    I've been wondering where this rule came from.. makes sense though, I always figured it would have been a good idea to bring my own. Although over the years crew have given me more booze to take off the plane than I've ever brought on.
     
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    i guess Exit Row's avatar could only be used during emergencies or when directed by crew........
     
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    i have purchased and consumed those sake bottles sold in NRT. and to be honest, after meal service in Y on a long flight, opening your bottle of duty free and pouring a glass or two - as long as you are not a noticable drunk - is not going to be noticed. once the lights are out, FA's are to focused on doing nothing.
     
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    :D
    I bought those bottles AND drank them onboard AC1 too. They are not top-notched but way better than the crap they serve in AC.
     
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    :D :D :D
     
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    Yes, my mom took a beer out of the MLL and then the F/A on QK YEG-YYC told her that it's illegal.
     
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    Ah YEG...still able to get beer in a can. :)
     
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    Did you mean taking a beer out of the MLL is illegal? Or consuming it onboard is illegal? In your post, you didn't say your mom was trying to consume it onboard.
     
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    I'm hoping this story ends with "So she promptly chugged the beer and solved the problem".
     
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    You have a cool mom! "You go, girl!"
     
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    I've seen a few guys take a road pop or two out of the MLL.
     
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    i used to raid the chips, until i get bad stomach cramps on board (because i ate too much in the lounge and grabbed the chips which makes your stomach more gassy)........ so i refrain, except a coffee (in my own mug) and fruit
     

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