AIRPORT beers can still be bought in lockdown Britain – and passengers can pre-order booze before takeoff at Heathrow.
One bored Brit joked about buying a cheap flight they had “no intention of getting on” after it emerged today that travellers could pick up a quick drink before jetting off.
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MailOnline reports that while most airport bars have sadly closed, you can pick up alcohol before a flight at Heathrow as long as you order before your flight.
Gary Lee Dasilva, from Cambridge, tweeted: “When the pubs are closed and the only place serving is the airport, so you book a £9.99 flight (that you have no intention of getting on) to go for beers with the lads, down there for dancing.”
But unfortunately the prankster’s meme may have been misleading after a probe by the Mail found that out of seven English airports, alcohol could only be bought from the Caviar House & Prunier Seafood Bar in Heathrow.
And boozers will need to plan ahead – as alcohol must be ordered in advance and picked up after passing through security.
But it is worth nothing that under current lockdown rules, all outbound international travel is banned except for work purposes.
A Heathrow spokesperson told the Mail: "The small number of essential retailers and food and beverage outlets that remain open at Heathrow are permitted by the regulation and operating within Government guidelines.
“The current lockdown has seen all other non-essential outlets close.
“For those passengers having to undergo essential travel during this time, takeaway food and drink (including alcohol) is available for passengers to pre-order and collect outside the outlet's premises, in line with the guidelines.”
But they added that “any alcohol purchased from duty-free retailers cannot be consumed at the airport and will be placed into a sealed bag, as is always the case.”
It comes as the government's ban on international travel left airports desolate across the country.
The travel ban has thrown thousands of Winter holidays into chaos – with holiday firms unlikely to refund customers for trips unless advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changes.
It comes as a severe blow to the beleaguered travel industry as the pandemic continues to ground flights across the world.
Last month, The Sun reported how both EasyJet and Heathrow airport had made layoffs as the industry struggles to recover from a second wave of infections.
It is unclear whether travel corridors will continue to exist after the ban.
The second national lockdown is set to last until December 2 in an attempt to save the nation's Christmas.
And the rules will only apply to England – with Scotland and Wales insisting they will apply their own regulations.
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