Missouri Airports May Soon Serve Alcohol To Go

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Good news may be coming if you live in Missouri and share a beautiful, tantalizing relationship with your beers, wines and spirits.

The Missouri House recently passed a bill allowing flight-ticket holders to order on-the-go alcoholic beverages at the boarding gates in every, international airport in the state.

If the state senate passes the bill, alcohol-selling businesses will be able to apply for a permit allowing patrons to order branded-plastic-cup drinks and carry them out into the terminal.

However, under current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, passengers will not be able to drink any alcohol on the plane unless it is served by the carrier. (You’re going to have to do most of your drinking outside the plane.)

Only 16 people in the 162-member chamber voted against it. The bill now has to move to the senate for consideration. Many think this booze bill’s highly likely to pass.

However, many critics of the bill believe it will worsen the already-rising problem of  booze-fueled in-flight brawls even worse. St. Louis Democratic Rep. Stacey Newman, a retired flight attendant, believes the measure may cause problems with unruly passengers. Some frequent flyers also say they’re concerned about the measure.

“You see examples of people who get violent or are just generally unruly and argumentative,” businessman Chris Clarambeau told USA Today. “And the flight starts, and then the plane has to get stuck, and security has to come and take the person off the plane and a hundred people on the plane have been inconvenienced because of it.”

And even though bill opponents’ concerns are grounded in good sense, those in favor believe the law will improve general, customer satisfaction at the airports and could potentially provide opportunities for local breweries and wineries to open up airport kiosks, expanding their businesses.

Supporters also believe the law won’t cause a massive change—especially in Kansas City International Airport. Many of the bars are located outside of security checkpoints, and some vendors already sell wine and beer near gate areas.

If the bill passes in Missouri, the state will join the likes of Nashville and Memphis in Tennessee—as well as Houston and Tampa (FL), who have all enacted similar policies.

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