When news breaks journalists are usually among the first on
the scene. Often
that journey requires a plane ride to another region of the
state or a trip
across the country. If you've been required to fly on a moments
meal service the airlines provide, regardless of what one
might think of its
nutritional value or taste, can be a life saver. There's nothing
covering a hot story when your stomach is grumbling from a
lack of food, not
to mention the energy drain on your body.
If you've grown to depend on stale sandwiches and other tasteless
quell those hunger pangs you are in for a rude awakening.
curtailed most of their meal service following the September
attacks. And as some of you have discovered by now that service
not been fully restored and may never again.
No two airlines have the same policy when it comes to meal
Airlines serves food on flights of four hours or longer in
coach and two
hours in first-class. Continental serves food on flights that
two hours of traditional meal times; 7am-9am, 11am-1pm, and
On United there's no food in coach on flights less than 1,700
miles, about 4
hours. Delta provides meals in coach on flights longer than
First-class Delta passengers get to eat about every two hours.
So if you're flying across country with a series of connecting
than a lengthy non-stop flight, you could go the entire day
without a meal.
If you have short connection times between flights you won't
have time to run
to the nearest airport restaurant for a meal.
For those of you who have a few minutes to grab a bite to
eateries are the biggest benefactors of reduced meal service.
poor service and less than healthy cuisine are commonplace
at most of these
And to further compound matters the food service at some
airports are on the
wrong side of the security checkpoints. You're anxious to
get to the gate to
check-in for your flight. As you approach the gate you remember
doesn't serve food. It suddenly hits you that the airport
restaurants are on
the other side of the security checkpoint. Do you go hungry
or do you go
through security a second time and risk missing your flight?
The obvious answer of course is too brown-bag it.
But if you insist on playing the game of chance with airline
better your odds by calling the airlines ahead of time to
find out if your
particular flight serves a meal. I would call when you make
and again a day or so before departure.