US airlines slash food and beverage service

Major U.S. carriers have announced temporary cutbacks to food and beverage services as Covid-19 safety measures.

Southwest has gone the farthest on this front, announcing that it is suspending all in-flight beverage and snack service as of March 25 until further notice.

“Our desire to continue providing Southwest hospitality is as strong as ever, and the entire Southwest team truly appreciates our customers’ understanding of the difficult decisions we must make during these unprecedented times,” spokesman Brad Hawkins said in an email.

Also March 25, Delta said that the only beverages it will serve across all cabins is individual bottled waters. In addition, the carrier halted meal service in first class and Delta One cabins for domestic flights and short-haul international flights. Only snacks will be provided.

American has ended first class meal service on flights of 2,200 miles or shorter. The carrier has also eliminated snacks or food for purchase and alcohol on those flights. Water, canned beverages and juice are still available upon request. Longer flights will also have reduced service options, though alcohol remains available in first class and meals will continue to be served on long-haul flights.

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