Can you drink duty-free liquor on a flight?

Shaurya Thapa
Shaurya ThapaMar 23, 2023 | 18:14

Can you drink duty-free liquor on a flight?

IndiGo has a good-enough in-flight bar menu but two men in a Dubai-Mumbai flight deserved to have some duty-free fun (photo-DailyO)

Since last year, drunk and angry Indians have been taking the country to a new low with on-flight fiascos. The latest instance comes from an IndiGo flight from Dubai to Mumbai that involved two passengers getting drunk and abusing their co-flyers and crew members. 

The catch is that unlike Air India’s infamous “urinator” Shankar Mishra, these men were not drunk on the alcohol that the flight was offering. Instead, they had consumed some duty-free liquor that they had bought from an airport shop. 


But is drinking duty-free liquor allowed on a flight?

The answer is a hard NO as IndiGo clearly states on its website’s FAQs section, 

“Alcohol is only served on international flights and can be purchased on-board. However, consumption of liquor bought from duty-free shops is prohibited on-board.” 

The same provision applies to other Indian airlines such as Air India and Vistara.

It’s not yet clear what punishment the two drunkards on the Dubai-Mumbai flight will face, but they have clearly violated an in-flight rule. The duo were quickly handed over to CISF and a complaint was filed at a nearby police station.  

What liquor does IndiGo offer otherwise?

IndiGo’s in-flight bar menu includes Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky,  Bacardi Superior white rum, and Smirnoff Red vodka. Wine enthusiasts can have a sip from Simonsig Stellenbosch’s Chenin Blanc (white wine) and Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz (red wine). As for beer, Carslberg and Corona cans are the only options. 

(photo-Trip Advisor)
(photo-Trip Advisor)


Last updated: March 23, 2023 | 18:14
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