I’m joking, because I rarely drink alcohol while flying. But for those who do, this puts Delta on equal footing with its alliance partners, Air France and KLM. But before you get too excited, remember, this isn’t a giant step forward—free drinks in coach on international flights used to be standard operating procedure.
There’s a whole raft of things we took for granted not so long ago, such as meals or at least sandwiches on flights of at least two hours. But rather than sound like Scrooge, let me note some improvements. Wi-Fi on planes. Water not served out of big barrels that weren’t cleaned regularly. More information on screens at check in gates so you can see upgrades and accurate departure times.
Heck, I’d even throw frequent flyer miles in the plus column. Without them, I’d rarely be able to fly in business class and certainly would never score a free ticket. I know . . . luggage fees. But, hey, it can’t all be good.