United Airlines is introducing two new items to its buy-on-board menu in economy class this month, including a bento tray. But if you are expecting Japanese food, the word “bento” is being used in its broadest sense.
United Airlines Introduces Two New Snacks For Purchase In Economy, Including Bento Tray
Recently, United Airlines resumed onboard sales of snacks, food, and alcohol on select flights out of Denver. United is also testing a new contactless payment system, which eliminates any flight attendant handling of credit or debit cards.
In addition to United’s usual snack box line-up, the following two items can now be found onboard:
- Bistro Box: A snackbox that includes Wheat Thins, smoked gouda spread, salami and a fruit and nut mix
- Sweet Cinilla Bliss Bento Tray: A fresh, vegetarian items that includes blueberries and grapes, cinnamon roasted almonds and granola
These items still have not been added to the online menu, but are available on flights from Denver (DEN) to the following cities:
- Boston (BOS)
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Honolulu (HNL)
- Houston (IAH)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Newark (EWR)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- Washington National (DCA)
1K and Global Services members who are not upgraded are eligible for either new item for free.
It’s nice to see United diversify its onboard offerings beyond snacks with a long shelf life. Blueberries, grapes, and almonds sounds like a nice snack to me. Hopefully we’ll see a full restoration of fresh food in the months ahead.
Have you tried United’s new snack box or bento tray? Is the use of the term “bento” for a non-Japanese dish constitute cultural appropriation?