United Airlines just announced the return of complimentary snacks for all—and yes, that includes us in Economy.
Let's raise a (tiny, plastic) glass (of tomato juice) to the demise of the $4 mini-pack of Chex Mix. United Airlines announced via press release yesterday that they'll be reintroducing free snacks on all North American flights beginning in February 2016, so you can keep your credit card stowed and no longer suffer the indignity of shelling out over five dollars for a paltry serving of Sweet & Savory Bistro Blend Trail Mix.
Luckily for those of us who scoff at undersalted pretzels, the snack options actually sound pretty good. Passengers on flights taking off before 9:45 a.m. will enjoy stroopwafels, thin waffle cookies sandwiched around a layer of caramel that are well-known as Holland's greatest contribution to the international snacking scene next to Gouda cheese. Those on afternoon and evening flights can down their savory snack mix of choice: Zesty ranch, which includes pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks, and ranch soy nuts, or an "Asian" blend of rice crackers, sesame sticks, and wasabi peas.
Flyers, we have won another noshing battle. Enjoy this victory. Savor your stroopwafels, and let their caramelly goodness fortify your spirit. But let not your shelf-stable sugar fix distract you from our ultimate goal in the in-flight snacking wars: The return of the Midwest/Frontier Airlines fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie. Until warm, complimentary baked goods are an option across American skies, no amount of free snacks can truly grant us freedom.