A small but important restoration, you can once again expect lemon and lime garnishes on your United Airlines flight starting next month.
Lemon And Lime Wedges Finally Return To United Airlines In All Cabins
Effective July 1, 2022, United Airlines will restore lemon and lime wedges in all cabins and all markets on flights that offer beverage service.
While the weather or other factors can impact whether a beverage service takes places, it is traditionally offered on flights 300 miles or longer. On shorter flights, beverages are only available by request. Furthermore, alcoholic beverage sales are limited to flights of 300 miles or longer in the economy class cabin cabin, regardless of special request.
To support the return of lemons and limes, bamboo cocktail skewers will also be reinstated. These represent United’s compromise to plastic cocktail stirrers that were eliminated prior to the pandemic due to environmental concerns.
During the pandemic, United Airlines eliminated these garnishes. While Alaska, American, and Delta brought them back (in some cases over a year ago), United held back, ostensibly for health reasons but more likely over cost concerns.
United’s restoration of lemon and wedges is great news to me. I’ve resorted to bringing my own lemon and wedges when I fly and it will be nice not to have to do this any longer.
Other July 2022 Catering Updates
In addition to the return of lemon wedges, United will make the following changes:
- Pre-meal beverage service in the forward cabin (marketed as first class in some markets and business class in others) will return to all flights over 801 miles. Flight attendants will take beverage orders while taking meal orders, then serve beverages prior to the delivery of meals. There is still no word on when warm mixed nuts will return to all lunch/dinner meal service flights. Currently, mixed nuts are only served on premium transcontinental, Hawaii, and international Polaris flights.
- A new disposable wine glass will be used in premium cabins for pre-departure beverages (as opposed to the standard blue plastic up)
- The BBQ burger will return, replacing the Bistro Burger on United’s buy on board menu in economy class (available on flights over 3.5 hours departing from the USA between 9:45AM and 8:00PM)
It’s such a small thing, but so important (in my mind) to have a lemon or lime wedge in order to enjoy a glass of water. There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of sparkling water not infused with a lemon or lime sweetener, but an actual wedge.
Do you care that United is bringing back lemon and lime garnishes?