EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic ban alcohol sales from cabins over hygiene risk

There is no doubt that air travel will be altered forever when airlines resume their regular commercial services, but few expected this holiday ritual to be missing from the skies: toasting the journey with a glass of wine.

Europe’s short-haul carriers have said they will be banning drinks sales from their flights, in a package of new coronavirus and social distancing measures.

EasyJet and Virgin Atlantic are among the carriers who have recognised the drinks trolley as a potential vector for passing disease between passengers and crew.

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As Europe reopens its resorts and airways to citizens from designated “safe” countries Easyjet has told passengers jetting off on holiday that in-flight drinks will be limited to water.

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