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Goodbye Mr. Hot Meal
Tuesday, 07 November 2006

Ummmm.. Airline Food
Like John Lennon said, "You don't know what you got until you lose it.". Sure, everybody used to make fun of airline food, even going so far to say that the words "airline" and "food" together was an oxymoron. Sure, it was rubbery and strange and tiny but it gave you something to think about and look forward to on a boring flight.

Well, no more. First, the airlines wanted you to pay extra for your hot meal. Now American Airlines will be removing the food galleys on its 327 MD-80s flying U. S. domestic routes to squeeze 4 more seats into the back row of their planes. It may not sound like much but that equals 1,300 more seats they can sell each day and American has not served hot food on domestic flights for quite a while. Currently Continental is the last U.S. airline to serve hot meals for free on U.S. domestic flights.

So you're options are now to bring your own food, which is restricted in most cases on passing through security or buying at the airport which is also usually poor quality and very expensive. If you do get your own food on the plane, expect your fellow passengers to eye you like hungry dogs when you do pull out your sub sandwich.

While U. S. airlines continue to cut back, many outside-the-U.S. airlines are adding celebrity chefs, more health concious menus and generally raising the level of quality and service to their catering operations. If you have options when traveling internationally and you really want the food, expect better quality from non-U.S. airlines.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 November 2006 )
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