It's glasses up once more for Delta! The carrier has resumed serving alcohol on domestic flights as of July 2. Delta Air Lines eliminated options for wine and beer on domestic flights early on in the pandemic in response to a steep decline in air travel and worries regarding transmission. However, passengers can now enjoy adult beverages for the first time in three months when traveling with Delta.
Delta's rollout of drinks will be gradual. We know that First Class and Comfort+ customers traveling more than 500 miles will be offered complimentary single-serve bottles of red and white wine. Those who prefer beer can opt for Miller Lite, Heineken and SweetWater beers instead.
Unfortunately, travelers flying in Delta Main Cabin seats won't be getting alcoholic drinks just yet. Those passengers will be offered a snack bag that comes with bottled water for the time being. No date has been given for when we might expect alcoholic drinks to be back for Delta Main Cabin passengers.
Mixed drinks are notably absent from Delta's plan to bring back alcoholic beverages. This is intentional because the process of mixing drinks or garnishing with a lime could create unnecessary exposure and touch points when airline crew members serve drinks. Delta crew members will be delivering bottled and canned adult beverages using serving trays to help to reduce direct contact between crew members and travelers.
The carrier is still evaluating when to bring back staples like meals, soft drinks and a larger snack selection. Face masks are currently required for all Delta passengers. However, masks can be temporarily removed when eating or drinking during flights.