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We’re flying again, but passengers don’t want to eat on short haul flights | VIDEO




Nothing screams ‘normal’ more that the resumption of catering services on domestic light services. After 2 months of sitting at the back of the planes checking their phones, flight crews are again peddling their selection of drinks and snacks. But there now appears a general reluctance for people getting back into the habit of eating on the scheduled services. Speaking to the head flight attendant on a service from Phuket to Bangkok this morning, he confirmed that people are currently reticent to get back into the habit of eating on short flights.

The Thai Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has lifted the ban on food and drinks services on domestic flights, again. Once the safety demo is over, that’s the last you see of the flight attendants as they head to the back of the plane – there’s been nothing else for them to do because of the ban on food and in-flight services.

Following the December outbreaks of new clusters of Covid-19 the CAAT imposed the catering ban on flights again but didn’t ground the airlines for a second time. But the airlines reduced the number of flights and cancelled some routes to ride out the new surge in cases.

Commercial flights were suspended first back in April 2020 due to the initial outbreak of Covid-19 in Thailand. The Aviation Authority then allowed domestic flights to resume on May 1, although airlines were barred from serving food and drinks on board for flights that did not exceed 2 hours, just about every flight in Thailand.

But just because people CAN now buy a cup of noodles or orange juice again doesn’t mean they will. For the past year flights have been without any catering, more than they’ve had the services, and it seems flyers are now used to getting through their short flight without any snacks.


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    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I really don’t see the point of food on a sub 2 hour flight, a decent coffee or a selection of canned soft drinks would be appropriate though

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Offer them the prices that seven/eleven do and they might buy these snacks. otherwise rip the passengers off an they do not want these overpriced scams.
    Passengers are now alert to Thai nasty money grubbing over pricing.

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    Clive G

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:15 am

    If it means I can take one of those ridiculous masks off to eat, then I definitely want food to remain on shorthaul flights

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Removing the ban seems not just unnecessary but counter- productive.

    No-one’s likely to avoid flying because they can’t eat or drink on a flight for a couple of hours – and most domestic flights are considerably less than two hours.

    At the same time, rightly or wrongly, quite a few people may avoid flying if they know those sitting around them, in very close proximity, may not be wearing a mask.

    I’m far from sure this was thought through.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    They are removing the ban to make more money off the flight snacks, not to entice passengers to fly.
    The ban on snacks on flights was imposed in the first place when this useless government were going through their senseless banning hysteria.
    Like bans from walking on a beach!

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