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United Will Be Bringing Back Free Snacks In 2016

Dorathy Gass

Good news for those hungry travelers flying the friendly skies! No need to worry about eating in the terminal before you hop onto your United Airlines’ flight: the carrier announced recently it will be once again offering free snacks for economy-flying passengers.

CNN reported that passengers can expect these new snacks in early 2016, as United Airlines will be offering them on flights within Latin America and North America, come February. The new snacky menu will offer morning travelers that depart on flights before 9:45 a.m. a delish Dutch waffle, filled with caramel, simply known as stroopwafel.

Passengers on flights that take off later in the day can expect some snacks that are a little less sweet, by oh-so savoury, including: sesame sticks, wasabi beans, rice crackers, mini pretzel sticks, ranch soy nuts, and Cajun corn sticks.

United Airlines originally stopped offering free snacks during their flights while suffering through the financial crisis in 2008. While they started up with the free snack program once again (for a short while) after a merger with Continental, they cancelled this initiative in 2011. Still, despite the fact that the airline carrier has not offered free snacks in over four years, it does provide its customers with water, soda, and coffee; free of charge during every flight.

Jimmy Samartzis, VP of food services for United Airlines commented on the free snacks program in 2016, noting that the company has a refocus on the little and big things that are important to their customers, and their travel experiences.

On top of the newly offered free snacks, United Airlines will still serve meals and other snacks through its “Choice Menu” program, where flyers can purchase food items separately, during their flight.