Airlines have restored in-flight service at different paces, but with the exception of JetBlue, one thing is consistent: drinks are served in disposable plastic or paper. I’ve had enough and started bringing my own cups and glasses from home.
Why I Bring My Own Cups And Glasses When I Fly
Coffee is not meant to be consumed in a paper cup. Wine is not meant to be sipped in a plastic glass. Yet since the pandemic began over a year ago, major airlines in the United States have eliminated glassware and ceramic cups altogether, citing safety concerns.
But we have multiple studies suggesting the virus is not spread via surfaces. Furthermore, whether it be glass or plastic, flight attendants still have to collect it, so I don’t really see what the safety concern is. I do see the cost concern of having to stock and wash reusable glassware and ceramic coffee cups, though.
Since airlines, other than JetBlue which restored its full onboard service last autumn, seem to be in no rush to bring back real cups and glasses, I’ve started bringing my own.
This is my new travel coffee cup:
And my new travel drinking glass:
You should have seen the flight attendant reaction on a recent flight…
FA: “Where did you get that?”
Me: “I brought it from home.”
FA: “Oh, you go girl. Love it.”
He proceeded to summon his colleagues so they could all take a look and then offer a collective apology for the plastic cups, as if it was their choice.
Water is bad enough from a plastic cup, but wine? Are you kidding me? No chance. Those days are over.
So until airlines start restoring glasses, I have no choice but to bring my own.
This is hardly an issue unique to airlines, sadly. Many of my favorite coffee shops continue to insist on throw-away cups instead of using ceramic. Hopefully this will change soon too.