Who knew the acronym BYOB (bring your own bottle) wasn’t just meant for house parties or kickbacks? Well, airline carrier JetBlue is bringing a whole new definition to the term.
If you’ve ever wanted to skip out on emptying your pockets on alcohol during her flight, here’s how. Apparently, JetBlue is pro a loophole that allows passengers to drink their own alcohol that they’ve brought onboard.
According to FAA regulations, passengers can bring alcohol onboard — they just can’t open it themselves. FAA rules further state that only “the certificate holder operating the airline” is allowed to open and serve alcoholic beverages on board. Therefore, if a passenger wants to drink their own alcohol, they must ask a flight attendant to serve them.
While this technicality may seem small in the grand scheme on things, it’s actually very important. In prior instances of issues with intoxicated passengers on planes that have also been well-documented, flight attendants duties also include assessing each drinking passenger’s sobriety levels. So, if an attendant believes you’ve had too much or could possible put fellow passengers in danger, they can stop serving you at any time — no matter if it’s your own alcohol or if you’ve got a full bottle left.
The rules don’t just stop there, either. There are some restrictions on the types of alcohol passengers can bring on the plane. When bringing your own stock from home, the bottles must be smaller than 3.4 ounces and be sealed in a plastic baggie with other liquid items. If you stop by the duty-free and pick up something, JetBlue “will allow alcoholic beverages not more than 24% alcohol by volume, or more than 24% by volume and not exceeding 70% alcohol by volume, when in retail packages.”
So, if you’re not into water or soda on flights, and you happen to be flying JetBlue, pour up!