Beer Board to Hear Proposed Changed to Airport Alcohol Permits
by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– The Metropolitan Beer Permit Board has considered an application that would create an airport beer permit inside of the Nashville International Airport.
The Beer Permit Board met Wednesday night for a proposal which would create an airport-wide beer permit. The proposal changes would only impact sales past the security checkpoint.
Proponents of the idea said it would make it easier for restaurants, bars and even bookstores to sell beer past the security checkpoint. Bars would simply have to notify the Beer Board of where it would be selling alcohol, instead of applying for a separate beer permit.
Other international airports, such as Las Vegas and New Orleans, had already embraced airport beer permits.
Anne Greer, a bartender who works at the airport, said she supported the idea, but added it may not be the best plan for everyone.
"I think it's a good plan, but a lot of children come in here and it might set a bad example for them," said Greer.
Will Cheek, an attorney supporting the change, said the change would allow for beer and alcohol sales to keep up with the increase traffic at Nashville International. He added it would also keep the lines at restaurants and bars shorter.
If the proposal passed, passengers would still not be allowed to take beer or any other liquid from the secure area through security.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.