American Airlines to resume alcohol sales on many flights starting April 18

American Airlines passengers soon will be able to buy alcoholic drinks in the main cabin during domestic flights over 250 miles long.

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According to The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, the carrier confirmed Thursday that it will begin selling wine, beer and spirits in economy class starting April 18, when the federal mask mandate for public transportation ends. The change marks the first time the airline’s coach passengers will be able to buy alcohol midflight in more than two years, when sales were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Although American originally had intended to reintroduce adult beverage sales to the main cabin last year, it scrapped the plans amid concerns about passenger behavior, the news outlets reported. The airline did make alcohol available to first-class passengers, however.

USA Today reported that when the new policy goes into effect, coach passengers will be able to buy beer for $8, wine and spirits for $9, and snacks from $4 to $6. “Main Cabin Extra” passengers will be able to order alcoholic drinks for free, according to the newspaper.

American is the last major carrier to reintroduce alcohol sales, the Journal reported.