YOU DON’T WANT TO SCREW WITH A FLIGHT CREW.
Don’t Bring Your Own Alcohol On Board. Follow The Rules. Federal Penalties Include Heavy Fines, Jail.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — If you’re planning to fly for the first time in a long time from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Miami (MIA), or West Palm Beach (PBI), don’t think that Governor Ron DeSantis’ anti-COVID-Prevention-everything stance continues when you walk into a terminal. It doesn’t.
Masks are still mandatory in all airports nationwide. In all South Florida airports, “ambassadors” patrol, reminding and ensuring compliance. They will enlist the assistance of law enforcement for travelers who refuse to wear masks.
Once on the plane, compliance becomes the job of flight crews — disobey them at your own peril. Fines are surging into the tens of thousands of dollars, and those travelers who refuse to wear a mask on board face a permanent ban from flying. Covering just your mouth, or your chin, isn’t enough. Your mask must be over your nose and mouth for the entire flight. Bandanas are not permitted by any airline.
Eating? Airlines permit you to pull down your mask, take a bite, then return your mask to its proper place while you chew. It’s no joke. Compliance is enforced on planes. While some airline flight crews are a bit more rigid than others, all have the authority under the federal mandate to initiate significant action. It is not atypical for a flight to met by law enforcement upon landing to deal with those who refused to comply on board.
Want to drink your annoyance away? Your ability to do so depends on your airline and seat. All airlines are serving alcohol in First Class. But behind the curtain, both Delta and United are offering limited alcohol selections in coach, while American Airlines offers no alcoholic beverages to anyone not sitting in first class. You may never bring your own alcohol on board. That’s another one-way ticket to very serious federal legal issues.
The current federal mask mandate continues into January.
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