Lounges closed, simple boxed snacks instead of meals, no inflight movies or WiFi – flying in the pandemic era has already lost some of its appeal, even if you're at the pointy end of the plane.
Now there's one more item to add to, or perhaps that should be cross off, the list: alcohol.
While Qantas and Virgin Australia are now adding more flights as travel restrictions ease and state borders begin to reopen, the inflight drinks proposition remains at a very simplified form.
This means bottled water for everybody but no tea, coffee soft drinks, wine, beer, or spirits, even in business class.
Airlines say the move is in line with health authority advice to minimise interaction between travellers and cabin crew, and stress that it's only a short-term measure.
"Due to Government restrictions and health advice associated with COVID-19, we’ve introduced changes to our inflight service offering including the temporary suspension of alcohol being served onboard," a Virgin Australia spokesperson told Executive Traveller.
"We are continuing to review these measures in line with the latest medical advice, easing of travel restrictions and guest feedback."
A Qantas spokesperson said that while the airline has maintained "a simplified inflight food and beverage service" over the past three months, "we expect customers will be able to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer when they fly with us again soon."
Executive Traveller understands that drinks could be back on Qantas flights sometime in July as Qantas airport lounges reopen.