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Old 06-30-2003, 04:04 PM   #1
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Pre-departure drinks

Since I'm accustomed to pre-departure drinks on the ground during boarding and taxiing, I was surprised to read Federal Aviation Regulations 135.122a:

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135.122 Stowage of food, beverage,and passenger service equipment during arcraft movement on the surface, takeoff, and landing

a) No certificate holder may move an aircraft on the surface takeoff, or land when any food, beverage, or tableware furnished by the certificate holer is located at any passenger seat.
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Old 06-30-2003, 04:33 PM   #2
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Landing's always funny until someone loses an eye!

My guess is .122 is there for PAX safety, but who knows...
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Old 06-30-2003, 04:48 PM   #3
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What about Part 121? Or 125?
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Old 06-30-2003, 04:50 PM   #4
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I don't know. Check the FARs. :P
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Old 06-30-2003, 05:12 PM   #5
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A cursory glance doesnt show anything in 121 on the same topic, but this shouldnt effect most of your flights anyway since 135 is commuter and on-demand operations.
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Old 07-01-2003, 02:08 PM   #6
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The FAA rule doesn't contradict what the airlines do with predepature drinks - at least I don't think so with what it says. The rule says that stowage is necessary during aircraft movement on the surface. If the plane is just sitting at the gate, there should be no reason as to why the F/A's couldn't serve drinks.
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And I was also thinking...don't the F/A's take your cups from you before the aircraft starts to taxi? As far as I can remember (at least on CO), they take all the garbage from the FC cabin before leaving the gate.
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Old 07-04-2003, 05:04 PM   #8
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This is a current, but antiquated FAR. Drinks can be served while the aircraft is parked, but most airlines ignore the FAR and bend it by letting their First Class passengers drink even while taxiing.
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Old 07-06-2003, 01:36 PM   #9
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And I was also thinking...don't the F/A's take your cups from you before the aircraft starts to taxi?
Cory- Drinks are not always collected before departing the gate. I've had many occasions where they were collected while taxiing. I guess this is just some rule that everyone ignores, and is not enforced.
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