EVERYONE loves the free booze on planes… even flight attendants.
Cabin crew collect the dregs at the bottom of wine bottles on flights and save them for after they’ve landed.
The practice is so widespread that they even have a name for it, “crew juice.”
A flight attendant revealed the secret on the aviation forum Flyertalk, after a passenger asked why crew member was seen pouring wine into a plastic water bottle.
The traveller, who goes by the name of Rlbmorton, said: “On a flight from Dulles to Dubai while everyone was sleeping, a flight attendant was pouring red wine from one of the bottles into a plastic water bottle and then putting it away in a pocket.
“I was shocked. Is there any reason why a flight attendant might be doing this for a good reason?”
A flight attendant with the nickname Clubord answered: “We refer to that as crew juice.”
Another called Qqfl added: “For those unfamiliar, crew juice is usually made on-board the plane with leftovers and then consumed on the layover… either en route to the hotel or at the hotel.
“Crew juice comes in many, many flavours and colours, with no specific recipe – no two are ever alike, but they can usually get you lit pretty quickly.”
It turns out that different airline staff even have their own special recipes for the perfect juice.
One flight attendant on another aviation forum called Airliners.net, who goes by the name Evanbu, said:
“I have heard everyone’s different recipe for ‘The Perfect Crew Juice’.
“I’m not a big fan of the liquor on the aircraft, so I stick to my stuff in my liquor cabinet at home,
but what’s in the perfect Crew Juice?”
One crew member called Nws2002 said: “There’s a recipe? I’ve always just dumped it all in together.”
Another called Qqflyboy added: “Oh gosh, there are so many possibilities.
“I like the sangria version of crew juice: some red wine, orange juice and amaretto, fresh fruit and maybe some Sprite – all you do us dump your favourite ingredients in a bottle and let it sit for a while on ice.
“I’ve had some great crew juice, blah crew juice and undrinkable crew juice. It just all depends. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t.”