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Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)17:06 UTC+1 No.888309 Report

Going to travel on a plane for the first time soon.
It might sound like a dumb question, but how do you pay for food/drinks while flying? Does the attendant take money from you on the plane or is it covered by your ticket somehow? Also, what currency would they accept on the plane?

What kind of drink do you typically order while flying?
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Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)17:10 UTC+1 No.888311 Report

>>888309
Sometimes drinks and food are complimentary. But this is only basic stuff such as chips water and soda. They have full "meals" that you can buy with cash or credit.
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Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)17:22 UTC+1 No.888312 Report

>>888309
Depends on the airline and length of flight.

Flying with most airlines on an intercontinental route, you'll get aleast 1 free meal and hourly drinks (some times including free beer/wine). Flights within the same continent, maybe a small snack for free and a couple of drinks. Flights within the same country and <2hrs long, sweet fuck all and the same on any flight with a budget airline e.g. Ryanair, Easyjet etc. flights.

Typically for purchases most airlines will accept the currencies of the departure and destination locations as well as Euros (if it's an EU airline). Prices will probably be given in the currency of the airlines home nation and payment in any other valid currency will be made at a really crap fixed exchange rate.

For a better idea of what you'll get on your flight, check your airlines website. They're usually have pretty comprehensive information on the food options and what you'll get for free.
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Anonymous 08/17/14(Sun)19:02 UTC+1 No.888355 Report

>>888309
As the above anons have mentioned, complimentary meals (that is, you do not pay) are mostly a feature of longer international flights--on short flights or budget airlines there will usually be some sort of a la carte snack or food options. On non-budget carriers everywhere except the United States, drinks including beer and wine are generally free; US carriers and most budget airlines charge for alcoholic drinks. I haven't flown with anyone who accepts cash in a long time, so you'll use a credit card and probably be charged in the currency of the carrier country. And what I drink depends on where I'm going and why, but I historically enjoy boozing on planes although people discourage it, with good reason--dehydration makes both hangovers and jet lag worse, and most people don't sleep as well when they're drunk.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)10:43 UTC+1 No.889652 Report

>>888355
dont mean to highjack thread, although i have anyway but is there a limit as to how much you can drink?

have they ever refused to serve you?
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)10:57 UTC+1 No.889658 Report

>>889652
Not that guy but yes there is, but i don't think it's a fixed number. They judge for themselves mainly, seeing how you look/act. And if you order 4 gin and tonic in half an hour, yeah they'll probably ask you to calm down for a while.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)11:18 UTC+1 No.889666 Report

Have a slight fear of flying so I usually get a bit tipsy so turbulence is a fun bumpy ride.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)15:51 UTC+1 No.889746 Report

Note that some airlines want plastic only, others want cash only. Ask your airline or check their web page before traveling.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)16:21 UTC+1 No.889764 Report

>>888309
A lot of it is depending on the country.

When I flew Thai Airways they loaded me up on as much liquor as I could handle. Me and the guy beside me both ordered a plastic cup full of whiskey, no ice, and got it. That cart never stopped moving and peoples cups were never empty.

Korean Air also has free drinks, but after two beers the stewardess told me "I think you are a bit drunk, are you sure you need more?" and made me wait an hour before getting more.

I believe Thomas Cook did but I could be wrong.

Air Canada, Air Transat, RyanAir, Qantas, Aerolineas Argentina, do not, and their beers are kind of expensive, the Canadian carriers charged 7 bucks for a can of beer, i beleive it was 5 quid for a can of beer on RyanAir. usually they will take cash in their local currency but you should always bring a debit card, to be sure.

Best is to check before flying. Some carriers may be bitches about cutting you off, I have heard American carriers frequently refuse to board people who appear intoxicated.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)17:30 UTC+1 No.889799 Report

>>889764
lol, I was on a Singapore Airlines flight once.
After about 4 or 5 beers the attendant asked if I wanted more than one at a time.
Unless something drastic has changed - QANTAS is a full service airline, beer and spirits are included in all but the short distance fares.
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Anonymous 08/20/14(Wed)17:44 UTC+1 No.889801 Report

If you're on a short budget flight, do yourself a favour and eat/drink beforehand. Budget airlines charge out the ass for small portions of food and drink.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)02:04 UTC+1 No.889971 Report

Hey op, is that picture part of a set? I got one like that too.

Usually airplanes have a magazine published by the carrier in the seat in front of you. The last few pages tell you what drinks they carry, which ones are free and which ones cost what. Depending on the airline, they may also sell some neat, albeit pricey snack boxes. I think the pages also tell you how you can pay, but that may not really help you in your preplanning
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)02:12 UTC+1 No.889974 Report

>>888309
by law if the flight is longer than 4hrs they have to give you a free meal.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)02:14 UTC+1 No.889975 Report

Excellent advice in this thread. /trv/ done good!

One thing to add: don't get drunk, OP. Remember that most planes are pressurized to an atmosphere of around 7000ft, meaning that while it's perfectly breathable, it's still about 80% of what you have at sea level. This means you'll get drunk faster, and from experience, you'll definitely feel it.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)02:17 UTC+1 No.889979 Report

>>889974
Depends, this certainly isn't a requirement everywhere in the world. As other guys have said, with a budget carrier you often won't get anything at all without paying for it. As in, you can fly 8 hours with say, AirAsia, and you won't even get a bottle of water without paying for it.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)11:50 UTC+1 No.890146 Report

Any seasoned travelers want to give me some help?

My Korean Air plane from Amsterdam to Seoul is leaving at 20:10 and I'm wondering if they'll be serving dinner or if I should eat beforehand. I called the airline but the guy could only tell me that there would be 1 dinner and 1 breakfast served. My local time of arrival is 13:45. Safe bet that I'll be getting dinner about an hour after take off?
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)12:04 UTC+1 No.890156 Report

>>890146
You will get nice meals of a smallish size, although like prison meals there is a minimum caloric content all in-flight meals have to have, regardless of country. I remember it was chicken and rice, wasnt too bad actually but kinda like airplane food... always really fresh :D. Alcoholic drinks are complimentary, but they are not so good at serving them often, try to get two at a time.You won't be able to get drunk off their booze but you will get a few nice refreshments.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)12:09 UTC+1 No.890157 Report

>>889979
this isn't true. Airlines have international standards they have to follow to even be allowed in the airspace of other countries. Among those is the food for greater than 4 hours, the dimming of the lights between certain hours, safe landing procedures, switching off electronic equipment, etc. etc. Don't know if the same laws apply to domestic flights.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)12:11 UTC+1 No.890158 Report

>>889975
not quite.... you feel fine in the air, but as soon as you land, and the cabin pressure goes away... KABLAMMO! HIT BY THE FREIGHT TRAIN!
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)13:20 UTC+1 No.890180 Report

what's up with all the yuro and ameripoors here? I always fly aeroflot and they serve free drinks and food, even on 2-3 hour flights.
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Anonymous 08/21/14(Thu)13:28 UTC+1 No.890182 Report

>>890180
wow cool, you must be a very interesting guy
do you get unlimited drinks on the flights too???
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Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)01:39 UTC+1 No.890371 Report

>>889764
I travelled with Air Canada between France and Canada and on both departure and return I was offered free alcohol.
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Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)02:05 UTC+1 No.890375 Report

>>890157
I'm not lying. I've recently flown from Aus to Singapore with Scoot, and Kuala Lumpur to Aus with Air Asia, both flights were 8+ hours. Food/drink was sold but nothing was provided for free, although there was a water dispenser you could use to refill a bottle if you'd already bought one.
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Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)02:27 UTC+1 No.890380 Report

>>889746
If I have an airlibe I will only accept debit ir credit card. Imagine no handling any coin or bill
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Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)07:31 UTC+1 No.890474 Report

my 2 cents:
They prefer exact change if you are going to purchase a meal or cocktail.
Really should check with your airline, you could also arrange special diet meals too.

Find out what entertainment ( movies) are being played... nothing worst than having an exact copy of whats available on their system also on your ipad taking up space.

HBO ( cable tv service in USA) is pure shit.. they actually want to charge you for movies and even some series.
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Anonymous 08/22/14(Fri)14:25 UTC+1 No.890542 Report

>tfw flew to Indonesia recently with Emirates
>free food and drinks for the whole flight

based Emirates
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Anonymous 08/23/14(Sat)05:15 UTC+1 No.890749 Report

>>888309
I've never had to pay for food on an airplane.
For domestic flights they come by with the drinks a few times and maybe a meal on the longer ones (~4hrs), it's been a whijle since I've flown domestic so I don't remember too well.

International (8-9 hours) they generally bring 3 meals on the flights I've taken. It's almost too much food. I think once I pretended to be asleep just so they'd pass by.

>What kind of drink do you typically order while flying?
gotta be ginger ale
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Anonymous 08/23/14(Sat)06:10 UTC+1 No.890761 Report

>>889658
>>889652
I was the first guy, and agree more or less with what the other Anon said--the rule, spelled out explicitly by some airlines and implicitly by others, is that they won't serve you if you appear to be intoxicated or get at all disruptive. In practice, I've seen people get profoundly inebriated in flight (not on US carriers except in business class, where the drinks are free and available on demand, and most flight attendants more than happy to keep pouring--when flying coach on a US carrier it's not easy to get served more than two or three times, or whenever the cart rolls down the aisle) and have never seen anyone cut off, although I've heard about it. Swiss probably has the best booze service I've personally experienced, with full aperitif, drink with meal, and digestif service seeming to come standard on all international routes--very easy to get a mild, pleasant load on without resembling a drunk. Most Asian carriers are also pretty generous and rarely mind if you go to the galley to request something additional. I saw a THAI stewardess some years back pour a Pakistani dude I was sitting next to on a flight between Lahore and Bangkok at least a bottle of wine over the course of six hours. Dude was profoundly hammered. She didn't seem to like doing it (her facial expressions got less and less cheerful), but she didn't stop.
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Anonymous 08/23/14(Sat)18:26 UTC+1 No.890874 Report

>>890542
This is the case on every long distance flight ever, even with Aeroflot.
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Anonymous 08/23/14(Sat)23:15 UTC+1 No.890969 Report

Which airlines have the best economy class meals, /trv/?
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)04:24 UTC+1 No.891073 Report

>>888309
Depends what airline you're with. If its a big flight, food meals and drinks etc are usually free.
If not, you just buy it like its a shop, hand over the cash, they give you the goods.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)09:12 UTC+1 No.891113 Report

>>890969
Cathay Pacific hands down. Dat Haagen Dazs.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)09:58 UTC+1 No.891117 Report

>>890761

I once had a flight attendant ask me and the person I was flying with if it was a good idea for me to continue drinking. I said that I'm not being obnoxious now but it will probably be a lot more uncomfortable for the other people if I started having a panic attack (I can't really fly without being out of my mind drunk).

I'm not a disruptive drunk though, I have been on flights with some of those and it's really fucking annoying.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)10:08 UTC+1 No.891119 Report

>>890969
airlinemeals.net Nothing to base a plane ticket on, but it is a way to pass the time.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)22:30 UTC+1 No.891360 Report

>>891073
its pathetic that airlines charge you food.
It never happened to me. I don't fly with shitty airlines.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)22:43 UTC+1 No.891364 Report

>>890969
Thai Airline is great, even on their short distance inter-Thai flight.

Surprisingly SQ could be a bit hit or miss, their food on my flight from Indonesia is quite bad, from Singapore just so so, but they have great food departing from Shanghai.

Garuda Indonesia is so so.

Air Asia is quite good, their Nasi Lemak taste quite nice, although you have to pay for it.
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Anonymous 08/24/14(Sun)22:53 UTC+1 No.891371 Report

>>891360
They all charge you for food -- some of them hide it in the ticket price, others break it out where you can see it and opt out of it.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)01:28 UTC+1 No.891415 Report

>>891371
yeah well i'm okay if they include it in my ticket price but it's embarrassing if you have to actually hand them money on the plane for food..
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)03:17 UTC+1 No.891441 Report

>>891415
If that's the way you feel, that's the way you feel. I'm actually happier with the option of not buying their food -- but there is no reason we all have to feel the same way about things.
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Anonymous 08/25/14(Mon)03:20 UTC+1 No.891442 Report

>>891113
Eh, I've flown with Cathay many times, their meals aren't up to par anymore and usually the same thing. The Haagen Daz icecream they gave us last year were the chocolate covered ice-cream pops, which were alright I guess.

From my personal experience it goes like Malaysia Airlines>Cathay Pacific>>>Air Asia (not free)>>>>>>Air Transat>WestJest>>Air Canada
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Anonymous 08/26/14(Tue)01:05 UTC+1 No.891804 Report

>>888309
Most international carriers usually take credit cards only. And for drinks they usually won't charge for beer or wine unless it's united , delta or us air (on long haul flights)

Don't feel bad about not flying before and not knowing exactly what to do, in burgerland adults who fly at least 4x a year act like it's their first time every time and fuck up the boarding / de planing process
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)03:49 UTC+1 No.892201 Report

>>891442

Have you tried ordering there special menu? I used to always order the Hindu non vegetarian, which I liked, and taste good. They also serve the special meals first.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)04:23 UTC+1 No.892218 Report

>>890969
Don't know about Economy, but Qantas & Singapore Airlines have the best food in first class. Hands Down.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)04:39 UTC+1 No.892227 Report

>>891804
>Everybody look how cool this guy is -- he talks trash abotu Americans on the Internet. Woooooooooooo!
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)05:07 UTC+1 No.892235 Report

>>890157
You're wrong, but don't let that stop you from thinking that the regulations of your country apply worldwide.
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Anonymous 08/27/14(Wed)07:57 UTC+1 No.892266 Report

I flew from Osh to Bishkek (about 2 1/2 hours) and got a free meal, flew on Air Bishkek
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Anonymous 08/31/14(Sun)05:45 UTC+1 No.893746 Report

>>891804
I'm from the us nigger
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Anonymous 08/31/14(Sun)19:45 UTC+1 No.893972 Report

I haven't taken the plane for a while. I remember in 95 or 98, on a flight from France to Vietnam, during the night, i went to the back of the plane and asked for food, they have me a cup of ramen.

Do they still do that kind of things?
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Anonymous 08/31/14(Sun)20:43 UTC+1 No.893985 Report

>>891117

Must have been a reason she asked that surely, it's not like they ask that to everyone asking for an alcoholic drink so in what shady way were you acting?
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Anonymous 09/01/14(Mon)07:51 UTC+1 No.894180 Report

Anyone have references on Jetblue? gonna travel to New york in that airline, never traveled before on it.
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Anonymous 09/01/14(Mon)07:57 UTC+1 No.894184 Report

you get free drinks usually

free/pay for food depends on how long your flight is
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Anonymous 09/03/14(Wed)01:01 UTC+1 No.894934 Report

>>894180
Decent legroom, good seats, free directv, free soda and snacks. Most infrequent travelers not trying to build up a zillion miles like JetBlue
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Anonymous 09/03/14(Wed)03:06 UTC+1 No.895012 Report

>>893972
Most long distant flights I've been on offer these, it's always the same brand 'Mr. Noodles' regardless of whether its a Western or Asian airline.
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Anonymous 09/03/14(Wed)04:07 UTC+1 No.895030 Report

>>888309
It all depends on the airline. Almost all airlines give complimentary drinks just after takeoff and if you ask during the flight the attendants will surely help you. I was once on a 45 minute flight from Munich to Vienna and I had a complimentary sandwich which was surprisingly good. Like I said it all depends on the airline.
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Anonymous 09/03/14(Wed)04:19 UTC+1 No.895033 Report

>>890371
yeah i traveled with air canda before and got free alcohol too. 2 years ago. maybe it changed
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