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United Ends Attendants’ Booze-in-Bags Ban as Union Balks

United Airlines’ new no-booze policy for flight attendants got a swift smack-down.

A rule banning attendants from possessing alcohol while on duty, even in luggage, was withdrawn within a day after United announced the move, a union spokeswoman, Corey Caldwell, said in a phone interview yesterday. Chicago-based United backed down after the Association of Flight Attendants balked, she said.