Flying? Don't Forget to Pack Your Lunch
Continental Airlines announced yesterday that it is joining other airlines including American, Delta and U.S. Airways in charging for food in economy class. A spokesman said Monday that the airline, based in Houston, expects a $35 million annual benefit, from cost savings and added revenue.
It can get confusing, so here's a breakdown of what you can expect. Currently on domestic flights, the airline serves no meal in coach class on flights of less than two hours. Now you will be able to purchase something if you'd like. Cold meals are provided on flights of more than two, but less than three hours total, and hot meals are typically only served on longer flights of four hours or more. Under the new plan you would have to purchase a meal on all flights except international and domestic flights of more than six hours, where the food will still be served at no charge.
The change will take place this fall. More details on the menus and charges will be released in the coming months.
Not all is lost yet. You can still count on a small bag of peanuts or pretzels and some non-alcoholic drinks on all flights.