Airline Poll: Would You Like a Drink?

I’m on the road today, so here’s a poll for you, in honor of the question I will probably be getting asked right around when this posts:

Please be sure that your comments are stowed beneath the seat in front of you, or in the overhead compartment. Thank you for flying Uncertain Principles.


  1. #1 Istarion
    February 4, 2010

    One ginger ale, please.

  2. #2 Anon
    February 4, 2010

    Short flights: tomato juice.

    Long flights: red wine.

    Overseas flights: whisky.

  3. #3 chezjake
    February 4, 2010

    Morning flights: coffee
    Afternoon flights: beer
    Night flights: whisky

  4. #4 mdiehl
    February 4, 2010

    Stay hydrated during the flight, partake of the local beverage of choice upon arrive.

  5. #5 Chris Granade
    February 4, 2010

    Bloody mary mixes or ginger ale, depending on my mood.

  6. #6 Kate
    February 4, 2010

    Club soda, straight up.

  7. #7 cisko
    February 4, 2010

    I usually go for a cranberry juice, for some reason. Or cran-apple if that’s all they have.

  8. #8 Brad Pitcher
    February 4, 2010

    Apple/orange juice straight out of the can

  9. #9 Pam Ronald
    February 4, 2010

    water with a dash of cranberry juice please

  10. #10 thm
    February 4, 2010

    Well I’m in my lab now, waiting for my apparatus to cool down, and so Tea is my beverage of choice, as it’s much easier to make a passable cup of tea than a passable cup of coffee.

    On a morning flight, I’d like coffee. Afternoon or evening, sparkling water–bonus if they can throw a small chunk of lemon or lime in.

  11. #11 Mark-->
    February 4, 2010

    Root beer, ideally–but since that’s seldom available on airplanes, I usually drink ice water in the sky.

  12. #12 Elaine
    February 4, 2010

    Ginger ale, always!

  13. #13 ADD
    February 4, 2010

    Ginger ale, but it’s the only time that I drink the stuff.

  14. #14 PFord
    February 4, 2010

    I had chosen Sprite/7Up but after reading the comments I gotta go Ginger Ale hands down.

  15. #15 Tom
    February 4, 2010

    Tomato Juice needs it own radio button. Due to the Tomato Juice Altitude Anomaly.

  16. #16 Tony Zbaraschuk
    February 4, 2010

    Orange juice, backed up by icewater for hydration.

    I sample other beverages from time to time.

  17. #17 Mary
    February 4, 2010

    If you just ask for a Coke they will give you a disgusting solution of corn syrup and water. I won’t touch the stuff.

    Your list needs to include *Diet* Coke/Pepsi, for those of us who like our water flavored with a pinch of Nutrasweet.

  18. #18 Clay B
    February 4, 2010

    Tom, I have wondered about that tomato juice thing. The only place I’ve ever seen anybody drink tomato juice is on airplanes.

  19. #19 CCPhysicist
    February 4, 2010

    Tonic water.

    If they don’t have that, club soda or ginger ale or plain ice water will do.

    As noted @4, drinking any beverage that increases your rate of dehydration (coke, pepsi, coffee, tea, beer, whiskey) beyond what results from being in desert dry air will produce jet lag symptoms unless you also drink additional water.

  20. #20 OmegaMom
    February 4, 2010

    Another vote for ginger ale.

  21. #21 Kate from Iowa
    February 4, 2010

    I want my liter of water they made me throw away after I made it through security, stopped at the machine on the councourse WITHIN SIGHT OF THE STEWARDESS AT THE GATE to buy right before they made me throw it away before they’d let me on the plane!

  22. #22 Andre
    February 4, 2010

    Apple juice on ice

  23. #23 Markk
    February 6, 2010

    Ginger Ale also

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