Airline history question: liquor sales
I read at some point a bit about serving alcohol on domestic flights within the United States. I believe that Delta Air Lines was "dry" until perhaps the 1960s.
I was looking for any specific references, particularly on two items. These might be apocryphal, but maybe someone in the land of FlyerTalk knows the answers:
- When the US airlines first started serving liquor, the bar carts made dents in the galley walls because the crew were taking the carts out so quickly after takeoff and returning them so late before touchdown.
- The Bloody Mary was made popular because it was deemed to be socially acceptable to purchase one on a morning flight. American Airlines was the largest purchaser of Bloody Mary mix.
I am guessing that this came from a book. I've looked all through Google and cannot find anything. Let me know if you have anything to back these up. Or perhaps it is just my imagination.