You can bring mini-bottles of alcohol through security. But you cannot open them and drink them on a plane.
You can buy alcohol post-security, such as at duty free. But you cannot open the bottles and drink them on a plane.
It is a violation of federal law to drink alcoholic beverage onboard an an aircraft unless served by the airline. Airlines have the option of serving you the alcohol you bring onboard yourself, but that’s entirely at their discretion (and the discretion of the flight attendants on any given flight).
I once had a seatmate refuse crew instructions to stop drinking her own alcohol onboard. I was lucky we didn’t divert, though things did get kind of nasty.
Not everyone got the memo from the Southwest flight, though, because Tuesday’s Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to San Diego diverted to Denver after a passenger went berserk after “flight attendants would not let him drink the ..[small bottles of alcohol] he brought on.”
“He got very belligerent, saying, ‘OK, but you know that now we are all going to die.’ He kept saying, ‘I’m not a terrorist but we’re going to die,'” Conroy added. “He then started making threats at the passengers.”
Passengers subdued the man. Police removed the man from the aircraft on arrival in Denver. He was not arrested.
It’s one thing to want to drink your own contraband alcohol. It’s another to shout on a plane, “We are all going to die.” He’s lucky he was dropped off in Denver and not Guantanamo.
Alaska Airlines described the incident as “a customer service issue.” That’s some customer service from Alaska Airlines!