But U.S. carriers are hoping to improve the onboard atmosphere with something that puts a smile on most faces: free booze and better food. American Airlines announced that it has begun to offer free spirits to passengers in the economy sections on international flights to and from Japan. That means that frustrated fliers can order vodka, whiskey, gin and other hard drinks on those flights in addition to the beer and wine that was previously offered free of charge. The Fort Worth-based carrier has for over a year offered free spirits to economy fliers on international flights to and from Sydney,

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