The last holdout in airline food service on domestic flights, Continental Airlines, has announced that there’s no more free lunch. When the airline makes the service change to the economy class cabin beginning this fall, you can expect nothing but a bag of mini pretzels with your diet soda.
Continental does plan to offer economy fliers “high quality, healthy food choices for purchase,” however, and will continue to ply domestic BusinessFirst and first-class passengers with complimentary meals, as well as all passengers on trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights.
Behold the publicist's spin: Continental's press release.
Ann Shields is an online senior editor at Travel + Leisure.