We may still have to pay unnecessary fees for checked baggage, but now we’ll at least be able to enjoy our emptier wallets with a cold pint of beer. Dutch airline KLM is collaborating with Heineken to create the world’s first draft beer for a major aircraft carrier.The airline has to go through a few safety precautions first and will begin implementing the on-tap service for select intercontinental flights next month.
So how does it work? Since air pressure is so different thousands of feet above the earth’s surface, traditional tap technology is ineffective. They had to create an entirely new tap system just for in-flight suds. The designer of the new installation, Edwin Griffioen, told Lonely Planet the beers will be already ice-cold when they arrive to the gate and will be served via the new pressure system and keg. The trolley cart has been redesigned to act as a giant thermos and will be kept below 5 degrees Celsius.
There’s no word yet on how much a draft beer will cost on the Dutch airline, but it probably won’t be cheap.