People are of two minds when it comes to in-flight meals during the pandemic era. Some are happy to see cutbacks, concluding that meal service and the interaction it requires increases the risk of virus transmission. Others see meal service cutbacks as a not-so-hidden opportunity for airlines to slash costs, noting that the same interaction is required whether serving a hot meal or sandwich. Perhaps this frustration is best illustrated in what passes for a business class meal these days on British Airways.
The Sorry Sandwich On British Airways
British Airways was quick to cut meal service as the pandemic spread through Europe in March. For a time, it was sandwiches only. In June, it upped its game (relatively speaking of course) by offering boxed meals instead of simply sandwiches. Now you can expect the same sandwich plus a small side.
Indeed, sandwiches remain a staple in business class and even in first class…and many are not happy about them.
@alex_cruz @British_Airways we all know about Covid and certain restrictions but if you charge for business class ticket same as before lockdown do you really think that this can be acceptable to serve as a bussiness class meal?!! pic.twitter.com/dVbPHf0RUk
— lapislon (@lapislon) September 18, 2020
Or this one:
This is what @British_Airways think is acceptable to serve their business class passengers on a 2 hour flight in business class….told it was coronation chicken but then told they’d made a mistake and it was chicken Caesar….. with tomato?!? #avgeek #flyertalk #britishairways pic.twitter.com/EjhkT4LFkP
— Stewart (@cunning_chops) September 25, 2020
Or this one:
The lunch served on the @British_Airways business class flights these days is truly a thing to marvel at. 2 slices of white kingsmill, decent wedge of pilgrims choice and some branston pickle 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/t6rfPzakfT
— Joe (@Joetenderloin) September 27, 2020
You still get a larger seat or more legroom by flying a premium cabin, but don’t expect much in terms of the meal, especially on flights with Europe. British Airways calls this a “temporary catering proposition” but has given no indication of just how temporary.
I’ve got BA flights coming up…I look forward to reporting back!
Have you tried a British Airways sandwich lately?
image: British Airways