Since the early months of the pandemic, United Airlines has offered its passengers an “all-in-one” snack bag on flights in which no other meal is served. These bags will finally be retired this month, marking the end of one visible reminder of the pandemic.
United Airlines Eliminates “All-In-One Snack” Bag, A Visible Sign Of Pandemic
For two years, passengers have received a drawstring plastic bag on United Airlines that contains a sweet and salty snack as well as a small bottle of water.
These bags were the extent of service in economy and first class in the early days of the pandemic and over time became a staple of first class service on flights between 300 and 800 miles. But effective this month, these bags are finally being retired.
In a memo to flight attendants shared with Live and Let’s Fly, United notes “catering will board a choice of Stroopwafel or pretzels as the primary meal service offering for this mileage band. The all-in-one bag will be removed.”
This isn’t a loss for passengers, since pretzels or Stroopwafels are exactly what are inside the bags already and water is available in glasses. The upside is less plastic waste (and of course, it saves United money as well).
Prior to the pandemic, United offered a snack basket on these shorter routes with choices that usually included several types of sweet and savory snacks as well as whole fruit. In the morning, a hot muffin or scone was offered.
There is no indication that such snack baskets will return.
These all-in-one bags were a reminder of the pandemic and I am happy to see them go. Those mini bottles of water were convenient, but wasteful, as was the plastic bags the snacks were delivered in. I do hope United follows the lead of Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines and again offers more substantive snacks on shorter flights.
The “all-in-one” snack bag was one of the last visible reminders of the pandemic. United Airlines is abandoning those bags this month, which these days only appear on shorter flights in premium cabins. Passengers will still be offered a sweet or savory snack on flights between 300 and 800 miles. Let’s hope United will bring back a more comprehensive snack basket in the month to come.