American Airlines extended a ban on alcohol sales in its economy class until at least January on Thursday.
According to an internal memo obtained by NBC News, the airline informed flight attendants that alcohol sales would not resume until January 18.
“We are doing everything we can to help establish a safe atmosphere for our crew and customers onboard our aircraft,” said Stacey Frantz, senior manager of flight service rules and procedures for American Airlines.
The new date is in line with a federal mask mandate for public transportation that was also extended through that date.
Frantz also stated that the airline was “gaining ground” in its efforts to persuade the FAA to prohibit alcohol to-go sales at its hub airports in Dallas and Charlotte, as well as other places.
American Airlines had previously extended its prohibition on the sale of alcoholic beverages until September 13.
Southwest Airlines is the only other airline that currently prohibits the selling of alcoholic beverages.
After reversing plans to lift the embargo on most flights by July 14 after a man physically assaulted one of its flight attendants, the airline has no schedule for resuming alcohol sales.
The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday announced civil penalties totaling more than $1 million were levied against close to 4,000 unruly passengers since January.