With fair warning, US Airways on Friday became the first American airline to charge its passengers for in-flight beverages. Coffee is now $1, other nonalcoholic drinks cost $2, and there's one group that isn't pleased about the new policy — the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.
Because the airline must rely on unionized employees who disagree with the idea of charging for beverages, there's a good chance the flight attendants will loosely follow the rules. In fact, getting a free drink on US Airways could be as simple as insisting on it. Mike Flores, president of US Airways’ AFA chapter, spoke candidly about the situation.
We’re trained to keep order on an airplane and defuse confrontation. If it takes giving a free beverage to somebody to do that, so be it. I expect there will be flight attendants who just give everything away.