American Airlines Temporarily Suspends Food and Beverage Service on Most Flights

By Kurt Stolz on 24 March 2020
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American Airlines said Tuesday it is making multiple temporary changes to in-flight dining and seating arrangements that will remain in effect during the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline is implementing social distancing-friendly seating.  Gate agents and flight attendants will reassign seats to create greater distance between passengers starting Tuesday.  The airline will also block 50% of all middle seats and all seats adjacent to jump seats in the cabin.

In addition, the airline will offer a very limited food-and-beverage service starting March 27 and lasting through April 30.  On flights shorter under 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers), beverages will only be available upon request and those will be limited to water, canned beverages, or juice. Furthermore, no alcoholic beverages will not be available in coach, although they will be available on request in first class.  No snacks or food will be served in either cabin.

On longer flights, except for long-haul international flights, no alcohol will be served in coach or Main Cabin Extra the airline’s premium economy lite cabin. The beverage service in coach will remain otherwise unchanged.  Other than meals on long-haul international flights, there will be no snacks or food available for purchase in coach.  First-class and business-class meals will will be served on one tray as opposed to individual courses.

In addition to the above changes, the airline is temporarily discontinuing offering pre-departure beverages.

The airline is closing most Admirals Clubs although it will offer members customer service at the lounges.

Finally, the airline will stop accepting pets that would be carried in the hold.  Service and support animals as well as carry-on pets will continue to be welcomed on board subject to current limitations.

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