Is My Recent Switch To Southwest Airlines A Bad Idea…..

Is My Recent Switch To Southwest Airlines A Bad Idea…..

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Passengers aboard a recent Southwest Airlines plane received a special message from the flight’s captain after the travelers drank all the alcohol aboard plane.
On a Dec. 7 flight from Oakland, California, to Kansas City, Missouri, the captain of the aircraft went over the PA system to announce to passengers that they had consumed all the alcohol on the plane, according to sports journalist Jimmy Durkin, who tweeted about the incident. The captain congratulated the passengers for their feat, which was accomplished during the three-hour-20-minute flight. LINK

MemeI’ve been on many flights, but have yet to hear anyone proclaim, “All the liquor is gone” much less congratulated us for it. Occasionally, my flights have run out of Fat Tire or Jack Daniels Honey, but decimating all the liquor on board had to have been a major undertaking.

Time to break out the “alcohol vs passenger” calculator. Southwest boards in three groups A, B & C, each with 60 people, that’s 180 passengers. I’m guessing that not all 180 passengers were of drinking age so I’m going to input 150 of age passengers into the calculator. A Google search reviles that no Southwest pilots have been flying while hammered, and apparently, same with the flight attendants.

With 150 on the display of our “alcohol vs passenger” calculator and an average price of $5.00 per drink, be it beer, wine or cocktail let’s run some calculations. In the financial world, let’s say it costs Southwest $1.50 per drink.

One drink per person is $750.00 in the pocket of Southwest. Now back out Southwest’s liquor cost of $225.00 and you’ve got $525.00 before labor costs etc. A solid return on a $225.00 investment since the flight attendants were already on the flight.

If everyone on board managed to have a Southwest complimentary drink coupon, they’re only out $225.00 on this particular flight. I’m guessing that on December 7th, Southwest had several additional flights in that weren’t losing money, so they’re probably ahead for the day.

Here’s the part of the calculation that’s hard to quantify, the pace that everyone needed to be drinking in order to deplete the liquor supply is such a short amount of time. Liquor * Passenger/ Time? Maybe, who knows….

I’m a glass-half-full kind of person, and the takeaway has to be that no one rioted after the announcement was made, #ThirstyPassengerLivesMatter. There wasn’t a 30-second sound-blurb on TMZ detailing how 150 drunk passengers forced a Southwest flight to land early. Even after the recent election, there appears to be hope for America.

I enjoy adult beverages, but excessive drinking and flying is a recipe for disaster. First, you’re in a confined space, with no place to escape. Then add in bathroom availability, since you’re not in your home you now have to deal with seat belts, turbulence and 149 other folks that just might need to use the restroom as well.

Here’s some additional reading:

Pilots and Flight Attendants Confess the 21 Dirty Secrets of Flying

Flight attendant reveals what cabin crew REALLY think of your in-flight drinking

When does drinking in aviation become a problem?

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