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May 20, 2012 03:43 PM

Airline Meals

We are going to Hawaii in a few days. United says meals are for purchase. Last year we flew Hawaiian Airlines and they fed us.
Where3 can I find the regulations that cover this? I tried FAA and DOT with no ,uck

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  1. I don't think there are regulation on food on planes (except food safety).

    1. There is no requirement/regulation to provide meals unless the plan is stuck on the tarmac/delayed for a certain amount of time (I think two hours). If it was a requirement, Southwest wouldn't be known for the rock bottom fares, since they never have provided meals or sandwiches for these many decades.

      This link shows what each airline does provide.

      1. If you're flying from the continental US, it's a domestic flight, and those don't generally feed you for free unless you're flying business class. I'm pretty sure they don't have to - I've flown from Toronto to LA (five hour international flight) with no free meal.

        1. Thy aren't required to feed you. You can bring your own food, or purchase theirs... It's your call.

          1. Make sure you take your own food - not smelly please!!! If they say they have food for sale it means they have "some" and will often run out. It is usually junk anyway.