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American Airlines to resume drink services for premium cabin on May 1, main cabin on June 1

Customers will continue to be required to wear face masks and can only be briefly removed while the customer is eating or drinking.
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An American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport makes its landing approach onto Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, in Glen Burnie, Md. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines will reintroduce its drink services starting May 1 for premium cabins on domestic flights, the airline announced Monday. On June 1, beverage service will resume for the main cabin.

Customers will continue to be required to wear face masks and can only be briefly removed while the customer is eating or drinking, the Fort Worth-based airline said.

The beverage service will include canned drinks, juice and water.

"Feedback from flight attendants and customers will be closely considered as more food and beverage service is introduced incrementally," American Airlines said.

Later this summer, the full main beverage service including alcoholic beverage options and the buy-on-board food program will continue.

The airline came to the decision after working with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and experts from Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of American’s Travel Health Advisory Panel to determine to the safest way to carefully return the food and beverage program, American Airlines said.