Superfluous spoonage nix’d to reduce airline costs
Well if there’s a silver lining to airline food, it’s that you get a full cutlery pack with each meal. Knife, fork, spoon, napkin, the works. It’s your choice if you’d like to eat your crusty flaking lasagne with a spoon instead of the more traditional knife & fork combo. Or if you’d like to spike that tasteless fruit salad into your mouth with a fork. Or if you want to save the napkin to help mop up the inevitable vomitus later.
But in an effort to cut costs through weight reduction, airlines may not afford you these simple luxuries any longer – America’s Northwest Airlines are removing spoons from its cutlery sets unless they are explicitly required to deliver their inedibles from carton to mouth. More absurdly (but less annoyingly), Japan Airlines have shaved a tiny bit off all its in-flight cutlery. Apparently this reduces the weight of their 201.8 tonne 777s by "a few kilograms".
Paul Steele, director of the environment (sic) at IATA chirped: "You work out how much fuel that consumes over a year, and you can be talking about a considerable amount of money."
Other non-spoon weight control antics include cuts to the amount of water on-board and the abolition of in-flight magazines.
We throw the house open to suggestions– what other ingenious ways could there be to make planes that little bit lighter?