American Airlines is reversing what to many seemed like the cheapest of all cheapskate decisions, the 5-year-old decision to ditch pretzels and other small snacks in economy. Starting today on transcontinental routes and expanding to the whole system by April, the snack is back.
Early morning flyers (before 9:45) will be offered Biscoff cookies with their beverages; after that there will be a choice of cookies or pretzels. American will continue selling other snacks and meals in coach.
The airline is also upgrading its inflight entertainment; on planes with in-seat entertainment systems in domestic service there will now be a choice among 40 movies, 60 TV shows and 300 albums. For international flights on 777s and 787s, there will also be four live satellite TV channels.
And of course, AA hasn't forgotten the folks in the front of the plane: they get new designer-label amenity kits with brand-name cosmetics "with each of the skincare products differentiated by cabin and class of service." See? Even the rich have class distinctions among them...