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- Posted:Thursday, July 30, 2009
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British Airways has only gone and cancelled provision of all meals to passengers on short-haul flights - anything less than two-and-a-half hours. Used to be, you were given a sandwich and a smile. Now they're offering a bag of nuts. At least they're keeping the most important meal of the day - if you fly before ten in the morning you will be given breakfast.
You have to feel sorry for them really though. It seems they're having a hard time. Thousands of employees have been asked to take pay cuts or work for free and some of their pilots have agreed to take a 2.6 per cent slash in their pay. Who needs food when your pilot's flying on an empty wallet?
The company had this to say: "It's not unusual to make small changes to avoid waste and save money where it makes sense and it meets customers' changing tastes."
I say be radical, eat before you get on the plane. Or wait two-and-a-half hours until you reach your destination and then head to the nearest restaurant. Backpacking's all about self-sufficiency anyway - cook yourself something tasty when you reach your hostel, wherever that may be, and spare a thought for the beleaguered staff of British Airways who have no money but a lot of heart.