Enjoying a tipple at 30,000 feet is a must for many.
It’s one of the perks that makes a long flight a lot more bearable. However, not all airlines have the same rules when it comes to on-board alcohol, with a number of them, usually for religious reasons, going completely dry.
To make sure you know what the alcohol rules are when you book a flight, here is a rundown of all the airlines which don’t allow alcohol, and any other specific rules which may affect on-board consumption.
Saudi Arabian Airlines
As a strict Muslim country, it is illegal to produce, import, or consume alcohol in Saudi Arabia. As expected, Saudi Arabian Airlines is also completely dry, with alcohol not served or permitted to be brought on board any of its flights.
A number of airlines also do not serve alcohol on flights to and from Saudi Arabia, or at least not over Saudi airspace.
Much like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is another completely dry country, meaning its national airline, Kuwait Airways does not permit the serving, consumption, or carrying of alcohol on board its fights.
As an airline of another Islamic country, EgyptAir does not serve alcohol on its flights, but passengers passengers can transport alcohol, and those who bring their own alcohol on board will be permitted to drink it and will be served glasses, ice, and mixers by staff.
Pakistan International Airlines
Although, strictly, Pakistan is a dry country, sale and consumption among non-Muslims is allowed. The country’s national carrier, Pakistan Airlines, however, does not serve alcohol on board any of its flights. They stopped serving it in 1977 when restrictions were introduced by Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bh.
In neighbouring India, alcohol is not permitted on domestic flights, although you may take it on board in your hand luggage. On international flights, all major Indian airlines, such as Air India and Jet Airways, serve alcohol.
Royal Brunei Airlines
Royal Brunei Airlines does not serve alcohol on any of its flights, but does allow consumption if you bring your own on board, and will serve glasses and ice, Etc. Be aware, however, the nation of Brunei is an alcohol-free Muslim country and any alcohol taken into the country will be confiscated, so be prepared to finish off whatever you have with you while in the air!
As one of the stricter Islamic airlines, Iran Air prohibits alcohol on board its flights in any way of form.
Jazeera Airways is a low-cost airline based at Kuwait International Airport. Launched in 2004, the airline has since grown to become Kuwait’s second national airline. Just like Kuwait Airways
Based in Tripoli, Libya, state-owned Afriqiyah Airlines completes our list of dry airlines.
Some airlines also have restrictions in place on domestic flights and short-haul routes, such as Malaysia Airlines. As well as not serving alcohol on domestic flights, as of January 2016, Malaysia Airlines imposed an alcohol restriction on flights of less than three hours. It does, however, continue to serve alcohol on all longer international flights. This rule was brought in to appease the airlines customers, the majority of which are Malaysians from various faiths.
If you were looking forward to an on-board drink and found that there is none served on your flight, bear in mind that it is advised to reduce or avoid alcohol altogether while flying in order to avoid dehydration, which, when coupled with jet-lag, could leave you feeling rather worse for wear upon arrival.