No liquor on morning flights?

Old Dec 11, 18, 2:53 pm
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No liquor on morning flights?

My spouse was flying DEN-LAS this morning, using a CPU for an upgrade.

When a flight attendant asked what she wanted to drink during the flight, the conversation went as follows:
FA: Anything to drink?
Sp: Id like a Bloody Mary
FA: itís gonna be just the mix. ( turns around without saying another word and returns with a glass of the tomato mix)

Based on that, she would have ordered something else, but didnít get that opportunity.

Im not sure if this was just a bad attitude, but itís kind of embarrassing when I book a flight on UA for a relative going on vacation, and they have to deal with bad flight attendants.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 3:03 pm
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post
My spouse was flying DEN-LAS this morning, using a CPU for an upgrade.

When a flight attendant asked what she wanted to drink during the flight, the conversation went as follows:
FA: Anything to drink?
Sp: Id like a Bloody Mary
FA: itís gonna be just the mix. ( turns around without saying another word and returns with a glass of the tomato mix)

Based on that, she would have ordered something else, but didnít get that opportunity.

Im not sure if this was just a bad attitude, but itís kind of embarrassing when I book a flight on UA for a relative going on vacation, and they have to deal with bad flight attendants.
I would have rung the bell and asked for a glass of red wine instead. If one ingredient is missing for my first choice, I'll get my second choice.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 3:08 pm
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Report this. No reason not to have your cocktail.

I have received alcohol on LAX-LAS - much shorter flight.
I have received alcohol on my 6 am ORD-SFO.
If it's not catered, just say so. No other excuse. CPU/paid makes no difference
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Old Dec 11, 18, 3:21 pm
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UA does not limit the service of booze by time of day, at least once airborne. If the booze cart wasn't catered, the FA should have said that. Doesn't make it right, but at least it's the reason.

As to not then asking for what she wanted, unfortunately that is on your wife.

She should report this and be very specific about what the FA said.

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Old Dec 11, 18, 3:27 pm
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There are some real provisioning challenges these days because alcohol is catered for multiple sectors. Iíve had several flights recently, both domestic and international, where they have run out of vodka or had none to begin with. This is the new way for UA catering - board less and provide less to save money.

That said, the FA should have politely explained this.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 3:28 pm
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Was their no alcohol at any point for anyone in the flight?
Just no vodka?

Did the FA ever provide a reason?
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I could maybe understand this at an outstation, if the liquor kit was depleted and no catering is available to replenish for the downline leg, but DEN is not just a catering station; it's a Chelsea station (that is finally up and running fully). I could also understand it on an international flight, as tax is paid on alcohol consumed on the ground. Neither are the case here, so I'm going to chalk it up to the FA. Not good...
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Old Dec 11, 18, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Was their no alcohol at any point for anyone in the flight?
Just no vodka?

Did the FA ever provide a reason?
He didnít provide a reason, and based on his demeanor, it seemed like he didnít want to talk about it. She said he seemed very rude.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 4:47 pm
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Maybe it seemed to the FA that your spouse was intoxicated?
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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:14 pm
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Maybe it seemed to the FA that your spouse was intoxicated?
i was debating whether or not to start this topic, because I thought someone might post this. Quite frankly, I find this insulting.
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post


i was debating whether or not to start this topic, because I thought someone might post this. Quite frankly, I find this insulting.
To be fair, you weren't even there.....
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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:24 pm
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post


i was debating whether or not to start this topic, because I thought someone might post this. Quite frankly, I find this insulting.
I'm sure it wasn't intended as an insult. People are just asking questions to see what the possible explanations are...

I've probably been mistaken for intoxicated when I've been really tired in the late night/early morning before.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:25 pm
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Originally Posted by HNLbasedFlyer View Post
To be fair, you weren't even there.....
To be fair, I know the person Iím talking about, and you donít.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post


i was debating whether or not to start this topic, because I thought someone might post this. Quite frankly, I find this insulting.
I agree with you.

My suggestion to have asked for something else is to ascertain that the FA had an attitude. More proof for the complaint. Because if it had happened to me I would complain.

My last flight that was early morning (9:00 AM, ORD-EWR), the couple behind me enjoyed a whole bottle of sparkling wine. The FA had no problem coming back to refill their glasses. I too would have enjoyed the sparkling wine but after arriving at EWR I still had a 16 hours TPAC flight.
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Old Dec 11, 18, 5:32 pm
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Originally Posted by dimramon View Post
i was debating whether or not to start this topic, because I thought someone might post this. Quite frankly, I find this insulting.
I'm brainstorming reasons the FA might have behaved that way. I asked if it was a possibility that it appeared that way to the FA, since appearing intoxicated is like one of three reasons an FA would legitimately not serve someone liquor (the others being: out of liquor, or person is under 21). So it seemed reasonable to raise it as a possibility. Also appearing intoxicated to the FA is obviously different than actually being intoxicated. Could have just had the hiccups, or have been seated next to an intoxicated person, or spilled beer on your carry-on (I have done this), or any other number of reasons. Sorry that you were insulted.
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