Yes – that’s what you do. Not only do you pay in advance for your ticket but you continue to pay as you fly. Want a blanket? Pay up. Want some ear phones? Pay up. Want some food? Yep – you got it! Unless you are happy to make a meal out of cookies which is what happened to me on my flight Saturday night – Dallas to Calgary. Now this flight is over 3 hours and our departure time was 6.30 pm so I think it is reasonable to assume that there would be some sort of food service on board. I did think of buying something at the airport but I am really not big on boarding a flight loaded down with a take out meal.
So the nice lady from American Airlines (and she was very nice) came around with drinks and I asked if I could purchase a sandwich or snack. She looked worried but said that she might have some humus and crackers at the back. I said that would be fine and she dashed back to check, leaving her trolley in the aisle. As I said – she was very nice and willing to help. After a few minutes (which seemed like a long time) she came back very apologetic and said that catering had not stocked the plane and therefore the only thing she had to offer was a cookie. Mmm. It made me think (while my tummy grumbled) that for me fortunately the only down side was an upside. Maybe I would lose a pound or two. For those who need to eat (such as someone with diabetes) this could be a disaster.
Now I guess those people would need to be responsible about their condition and purchase something to eat before they get on the flight. However I hate the idea of people bringing on food. At least if you eat the food on the flight you know that it is going to be pretty bland and everyone is going to be eating at the same time. What I can’t handle is getting on a flight and then immediately after take-off the person behind me opens up their Subway sandwich and I am assailed by the smell of whatever spicy or exotic ingredients they have included as well as maybe an extra helping of onions. Ugh!