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Article from BTNews 8 FEBRUARY 2016

Economy Class food US style

The Economy Class snacks on some of Europe’s legacy airlines maybe nothing to write home about, but at least something is served to while away the time and keep the cabin staff busy.  That has not been the case with US carriers American and United since 2011 on domestic routes.  You got nothing and plenty of chance to complain about leg room and seat backs. 

Now things are changing. 

Last week American Airlines brought back free nibbles on transcontinental trips, with a plan to have them available on all services by April.  They ought to get a quicker supplier.  Over at United they are now available on all sectors.

But don’t get too excited.  Passengers on American flights that take off before 09:45 will receive Belgian Biscoff cookies (as per Delta), and throughout the rest of the day have a choice between those and pretzels.  United will offer another European transplant – the Dutch caramel-stuffed stroopwafel – in the morning and snack mixes in the afternoon.

Now all four major American carriers – American, Delta, Southwest and United – will serve free snacks in Economy.

It may not sound like much (on Southwest, it is literally peanuts) considering that free snacks used to be a staple of flying.  If you are allergic to these items it is tough.   www.united.com

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