Virgin America is proud to be the first to offer Absinthe on their flights...yes, the potent potable that may cause blindness, speaking in tongues or cause you to see a green fairy (think William Shatner in this classic Twilight Zone episode).
This email arrived and my first thought was to look up and ask the travel gods - who else thinks this might be a bad idea? Having experienced the effects of Absinthe in a famous town square in the city of Prague, my opinions are biased.
This strikes me as something a more sophisticated passenger list might appreciate on international flights, in say, Virgin Upper Class? Is it being too cynical to imagine that we will soon see a "celebrity" flying from LA to NYC ordering this stuff then getting themselves escorted off the plane in handcuffs upon landing?
This is a difficult discussion though because there are clearly two sides to this. Now that Absinthe is legally available in the United States, should we offer it on a plane where we have people already looking around suspiciously at passengers who "look different" from themselves? If you are on a flight with a loud and crying baby, and you drink Absinthe, will the baby turn itself into a happy green fairy or a mad and angry green fairy? Do we want to find out?