MSP Airport Looking to Change Booze Law
So, it's time to leave for your much needed vacation, your flight is at like 6:30am or thereabouts. You get though security at about 5 something, so you have some extra time on your hands before you board your flight. You think 'Hey- let's get a bloody mary or mimosa- we're on vacation!' BUT there's an issue- the bars in the airport don't sell any alcohol until 6am. DENIED!
Apparently there are about 10% of passengers have flights that leave out of MSP before 6am. That is about 5000 passengers.
Staff at Barrio, a Latin-oriented restaurant and tequila bar, say it’s not unusual for lines of 70 to 80 people to form before 6 a.m. on busy travel days, waiting to order a drink. Bartender Misty Law says some would-be imbibers occasionally try to squeeze through Barrio’s metal security gates before the restaurant opens at 4:30 a.m. in a futile attempt to get to the bar. “By 6 o’clock we have a stream of [drink] tickets to fill. It’s a challenge,” she said.
The owners of the bars in Terminal 1 estimate that there is probably thousands of dollars in potential revenue by moving the on sale time to at least 5, maybe even 4am.
Whatever... but I'm all for being able to get a drink of some sort before boarding a flight. As they say- It's five o'clock somewhere!