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Predeparture Drinks / Beverage (PDB) - When, What and Why Not? (consolidated)

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AA Predeparture Beverages: When, What and Why not?

NOTE: Due to PDB service cancellation, this thread will rest until PDB resumption.
Older posts can be read in the archived thread here.

Post by brc757rr, July 2015:
Originally Posted by AA policy regarding PDB

Pre-departure beverages are expected to be offered on all flights. On domestic flights, customers should be offered a beverage of choice. On international flights with bonded liquor, we offer a choice of orange juice, water, sparkling water, sparkling wine and mimosas and will fulfill requests for non alcoholic beverages of choice provided that supplies can be obtained without opening bonded carts and carriers. If pre-departure beverages cannot be served because of operational reasons, flight attendants are expected to apologize to customers and advise that beverages will be served as soon as possible after take off.
Originally Posted by brc757rr
I was able to receive the exact language of the company policy from American Airlines today via Twitter regarding PDB's. I was actually quite impressed they followed up with me regarding a conversation that started a few days ago. I also received a nice note from Hector Adler who I also reached out to who said that pre-departure services were discussed at great length at a meeting late last week. Let's hope things begin to improve and if not we continue to press the FA's to follow company policy.
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So there you have it.
Originally Posted by RogerD408
Did a little searching on Twitter. A good hashtag could be just #PDBServed and the condition listed before that. So, something like:

@AmericanAir 08/18 AA123 ORG No #PDBServed
@AmericanAir 08/18 AA123 ORG Full #PDBServed
@AmericanAir 08/18 AA123 ORG Limited #PDBServed

This allows all PDB service to be posted, good, bad, and otherwise. This should show AA that we feel this is a desired service. Maybe if someone gets energetic, a summary post could be done, maybe weekly?
Thanks to RogerD408



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Predeparture Drinks / Beverage (PDB) - When, What and Why Not? (consolidated)

Old Jan 2, 2019, 1:46 pm
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12/29 DCA-CHS Full PBD
12/31 CHS-DCA Full PBD

Both times the FA hustled through the cabin and got everyone what they wanted. Snack baskets were sad, but service was great.
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Old Jan 2, 2019, 1:56 pm
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Last night MIA/TPA no PDB (LAA 319) and not much of a greeting. Although a double round of the snack basket in air, no second round of drinks. A little off topic some guy towards the end of boarding looks at the empty F seat next to me strangely and finally settles in. He leaves his BP on the table between the seats and I'm not looking per se but it says Group 9, Seat 9D IIRC. Throughout the flight he seems to be clueless to the operation of the seat or that he will be offered a beverage. Now maybe that was in fact his seat or maybe he poached. The FAs did not seem very happy to be working a New Year's short turn to TPA and maybe just didn't really care. Particularly given its such a short flight.
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Old Jan 2, 2019, 2:11 pm
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I had over 140 segments in 2018... I can only recall a few flights with no PDB's ... but on Flight 2277 from LAS -DFW on 12/30 We received absolutely nothing at all .. This was
also on a 787-8. the departure was also delayed by about 20 minutes which puzzles me even more...
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Old Jan 4, 2019, 11:28 am
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Nothing. Inbound aircraft was late and was being catered when we boarded. Crew didn't even bother hanging jackets but had plenty of time to snack and chat during pushback.
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Old Jan 4, 2019, 3:34 pm
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Jan 4 2019 AA841 ATL-LGA, full pdb offered as seen from Main Cabin Extra row 5.
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Old Jan 4, 2019, 6:54 pm
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1/4 AA 2387 BOS->ORD B738

Well that didnt last long... no PDB. This inbound is always late and kind of a mess. At least theres the seat back TVs; I could use a nap...
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Old Jan 4, 2019, 8:44 pm
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1/4 AA1660 delayed by 54 minutes with door open. FAs provided OJ / water tray prior to delay announcement and then nothing after. Chatting in galley entire time. Zero interest in customer service.
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Old Jan 4, 2019, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by tismfu
1/4 AA1660 delayed by 54 minutes with door open. FAs provided OJ / water tray prior to delay announcement and then nothing after. Chatting in galley entire time. Zero interest in customer service.
please tweet AA about this
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Old Jan 5, 2019, 3:21 pm
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Jan. 1, CLT-MCO, water and juice only (550 PM departure). Surprised because the PMUS crews out of CLT usually do real well with this. Then one of the FAs (who was very nice) referred to something that made it clear she was PMAA. Ah-ha, I said to myself.
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Old Jan 6, 2019, 3:44 pm
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1/6 AA 1251 ORD->BOS B738

Full PDB!
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Old Jan 9, 2019, 8:59 pm
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1/8 AA 2379 RDU-CLT Project Oasis 738: I missed the upgrade but I noticed something I've never seen before. Large water bottles on each F seat. No other drinks though.:



1/8 AA 5070 CLT-ATL CRJ-900: Full PDB and drinks during a 20 minute ground stop too.
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Old Jan 13, 2019, 7:32 pm
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1/13 AA 5637 SYR-CLT CRJ-900: No PDB. Lazy f/a who spent most of the flight reading a paper back book in the jump seat.
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Old Jan 14, 2019, 4:19 am
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When is AA seriously going to address this issue? other OW airlines have no problem getting it done, and I have heard from my wife (EX-DL) now EXP, that DL does it very well
its not as if boarding takes 10 minutes, they have time, but choose to occupy them selves otherwise.
If PDB is a level of service that AA speaks about, then do it please
Maybe AA can tell its FA, no reading/FB/Candycrush etc until you have served our paying cusotmers
(by the way, I dont mean to sound rude or mean)
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Old Jan 14, 2019, 6:31 am
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Originally Posted by fotographer
When is AA seriously going to address this issue? other OW airlines have no problem getting it done, and I have heard from my wife (EX-DL) now EXP, that DL does it very well
its not as if boarding takes 10 minutes, they have time, but choose to occupy them selves otherwise.
If PDB is a level of service that AA speaks about, then do it please
Maybe AA can tell its FA, no reading/FB/Candycrush etc until you have served our paying cusotmers
(by the way, I dont mean to sound rude or mean)
Delta also prohibits their FAs from being on their personal phones at all times while onboard. They can only be on their company issued handhelds. No chances to play games or candy crush etc
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Old Jan 14, 2019, 8:13 am
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LGA-ORD 738 and full PDB and coats hung (I recognize our FA from a previous flight too).

DTW-ORD Skywest CR7 with 9FC and full PDB and coats hung

ORD-LGA 738 with seatback AVOD and full PDB and coats hung

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