Memphis International Airport to introduce new rules for carrying alcoholic beverages
Thursday, February 23, 2017
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (February 24, 2016) – Travelers at Memphis International Airport (MEM) who would like to enjoy an adult beverage at their gate or take a drink with them while they walk through the concourses will soon be able to do so thanks to new guidelines at the airport.
Starting March 1, the airport’s new beer permit and liquor-by-the-drink license will allow restaurants at MEM to provide customers with the convenience to carry a drink around while they shop or wait at their gate. The new process will apply to beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks sold by restaurants located beyond the security checkpoints.
The permit and license do not apply to restaurants in the ticketing lobbies and passengers will not be able to enter or exit through the security checkpoint with alcoholic beverages. Airline guidelines will dictate whether passengers can bring their drinks onto planes.
Special cups have been distributed to the concessionaires in order to identify the beverage and the restaurant where it was purchased. The airport is also taking steps to inform passengers of the new rules, including new signs and messaging in restaurants and other locations throughout the concourses.
“As the number of passengers we serve continues to grow, we will continue to look for new ways to improve the passenger experience here,” said Scott Brockman, MSCAA President and CEO “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers this added convenience while they wait for their flights at MEM.”
More than 4 million passengers passed through MEM in calendar year 2016, an increase of almost 6.5 percent over the total for 2015. It was the first year that passenger totals eclipsed the 4 million mark since 2013 – the airport's last year as a hub for Delta Air Lines.