In-Flight Meal Replaced with Fun-Sized Candy Bar on British Airways
In-flight airline meals have been the butt of jokes for travelers and stand-up comedians alike for generations now.
If there is anything about an airline trip that is even more dreaded than the long wait and dealing with customs and immigration, it is the economy class airline meal
They are generally unsavory, although flying at 40,000 feet above the ground can alter how food tastes. Still, that fact is meritless when the meal is not appetizing to begin with.
“Chicken or fish?” That is the familiar refrain of the cabin crew as the meal cart progresses in a speed well under an energetic snail’s pace up and down the aisles.
Even if you have no qualms with the meal, most travelers do have qualms with the small meal size and portions.
Or the thimbleful of coffee, water or drinks that are offered for refreshment.
More weight on the plane of course means more that space needs to used which means that more fuel has to be used which then means higher prices.
Still, it is quite amazing how unsavory and joke-worthy airline food has been for so long now.
Well, the joke is still on the traveler, but in an extremely laugh-less kind of way.
British Airways has begun phasing out the second, economy class in-flight meals on flights that last less than 8 and a half hours.
It is a move that trigger other airlines to take notice and follow suit in comparable cost-cutting measures.
The new chief executive officer of British Airways, Alex Cruz, who rose from the ranks of niche-realm budget-conscious airline Vueling to his new position, is reportedly behind the move.
As an alternative, travelers will have the option of pre-ordering a second in-flight meal before the flight.
Travelers have already begun complaining about the new service on social media and outlets like British publication The Sun.
Travelers can either pay for a pre-ordered meal or accepted a fun-sized candy bar, which is about a third of the size of a regular candy bar.
It also helps to be an informed traveler. Call your airline beforehand and be certain about the meal arrangements before a flight.
The in-flight meal may be a standing, generations long joke, but airlines out to save money may make the second in-flight meal obsolete in the future.
Years from now an in-flight meal may consist of snacks and fun sized candy bars.
Travelers should be informed and speak up if service is less than satisfactory.
What British Airways is doing now may be the start of a new change in future airline travel and meal service.
There isn’t anything funny about that.
A. A. Francis