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DL In Flight Service Changes during COVID-19 (Consolidated Thread)

Old Mar 24, 20, 6:20 pm
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**Update 7/21/21 North America, Latin America, and Caribbean***

- 6/15 Hot meal service returns to select D1/FC Transcon flights - JFK-SEA/SFO/LAX + BOS-SEA/LAX
- 6/15 Snack basket returns to select FC/C+/and D1 flights as well as Y Flight Fuel Box sales returning
- 7/28 (limited to SEA/SFO/LAX/SLC to/from hubs/focus cities) Meals on FC flights over 1500 miles departing before 9PM. Meals will likely be cold/uncooked items like salads and sandwiches.
- 8/17 and 8/24 Remaining FC flights over 1500 miles get meals.

- 8/24 hub-to-hub (inc. focus cities) routes between 900 and 1500 miles get meals
- 8/31 full restoration of old meal service standard (meal windows seem to be gone) with all FC flights between 900-1500 miles getting meals
https://news.delta.com/la-chefs-jon-shook-vinny-dotolo-headline-return-fresh-meals-deltas-premium-domestic-cabins

**Update 4/14 North America, Latin America, and Caribbean***

All Cabins, Purell wipe or similar during boarding
Beverages: 7.5oz mini cans: Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Tonic, Club, Orange, Cran, Bloody Mary Mix, Coffee Tea, Water.
Spirits: Finlandia Vodka, Jack, Bombay Gin, Woodford, Tip Top Old Fashioned & Margarita, Sweetwater 420 & Hazy IPA, Miller Lite, White/Red/Sparkling Wine

F/C - All Flights - NO PDB OR PRE-SET WATER - Full Beverage Selection, Sweet & Salty Snack
F/C 900+ - Choice of Non-Perishable flight fuel box.
F/C 1500+ - Pre Arrival Second Beverage Service
**you can always request refills**

C+, M/C - < 251 - No Service
C+, M/C
- 251+ - 8oz water, Coffee/Tea, 2 Snacks (Sweet/Salty) C+ Only: Beer/Wine
C+, M/C - 500+ - Full Beverage, 2 Snacks (Sweet/Salty), Ice On Request, C+ Only: Complimentary Spirits
C+, M/C - 1500+ - Pre Arrival Second Beverage Service
**you can always request refills**

Tap To Pay activated on Flight Attendant Devices For Contactless Payments.
*on domestic widebodies D1 gets domestic FC service. A/C that have PS are C+ service and C+ is MC service.*



For your convenience, note that the contents of the Bistro (orange) box are pictured in post #3814 while a detailed list of the contents of the Market (yellow) box is given in post #3471.
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DL In Flight Service Changes during COVID-19 (Consolidated Thread)

Old Mar 25, 21, 9:24 am
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Originally Posted by griffy208
Thanks. I did. Learned a lot about sprite and taking a bar on a plane.

I also learned about a policy of canned cocktails. Don't see a recent butt-in-seat review, or mention of food service (Specifically in flight-fuel boxes). Certainly will keep looking. Reddit has been somewhat helpful so far.
I'd be patient for now. Once the recently announced changes get implemented (still a few weeks away) there will be plenty of reports in this thread.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by MarkCron
I'd be patient for now. Once the recently announced changes get implemented (still a few weeks away) there will be plenty of reports in this thread.
Exactly. These new changes were just announced and have yet to go into effect. I have a round trip (in F) coming up Apr 26 - May 7 so will definitely leave a review of the service changes then.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh
I had a early morning flight to MIA this morning (cancelled due to my hotel being in the curfew zone in Miami Beach) and was planning on filling a few minis with baileys and filling a large travel coffee mug with coffee from the Skyclub and making my own coffee and bailey's for in flight and also filling a couple minis with vodka and kahlua and taking some cream from the skyclub or using a mini of the baileys and making my own white russian in flight.

I'm surprised you got the ice through TSA though and didn't it melt by the time you got on board? Could be smart to bring a ball jar or empty yeti and fill it with ice just before the flight in the skyclub. Hopefully the flight attendants didn't catch you
Solid Ice is fine. Liquid ice (aka water ) is not.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 9:59 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO
Solid Ice is fine. Liquid ice (aka water ) is not.
DUH forgot it's a solid LOL. I wonder if dry ice can get past security. Put some in a large 32 oz tumbler and order a couple of cocktails at the skyclub and pour them in the tumbler and be all set for a long flight
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Old Mar 25, 21, 10:09 am
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh
DUH forgot it's a solid LOL. I wonder if dry ice can get past security. Put some in a large 32 oz tumbler and order a couple of cocktails at the skyclub and pour them in the tumbler and be all set for a long flight
Dry ice can. It's never in a liquid state.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by jamesteroh
DUH forgot it's a solid LOL. I wonder if dry ice can get past security. Put some in a large 32 oz tumbler and order a couple of cocktails at the skyclub and pour them in the tumbler and be all set for a long flight
Yeah you can carry it past security. And no harm to drink if you pour it straight on dry ice but be careful when you take it out and avoid any bodily contact (hands, lips etc.)
It does produce lots of 'smoke' so there's always a chance that someone on plane will freak out.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 10:31 am
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Originally Posted by jeet
Yeah you can carry it past security. And no harm to drink if you pour it straight on dry ice but be careful when you take it out and avoid any bodily contact (hands, lips etc.)
It does produce lots of 'smoke' so there's always a chance that someone on plane will freak out.
I would not use dry ice on a plane specifically for this reason.
We always eat at Mastro's in Scottsdale when we visit, and they make a lemon martini where they make a big deal out of pouring the martini at the table into a glass that has a small amount of dry ice - the smoke and bubbling is sort of gimmicky, yet also sorta cool. GF loves that cocktail.

I have carried ice through TSA checks many times. I have also filled my yeti with ice at the Popeyes in DTW (self serve)
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Old Mar 25, 21, 11:27 am
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A Yeti tumbler will keep ice solid to usable for hours.

Also here are some pictures of Sprite Zero 12 and 7.5oz cans from my trip to Publix today (FL).




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Old Mar 25, 21, 11:53 am
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Originally Posted by flyerCO
Solid Ice is fine. Liquid ice (aka water ) is not.
So what happens if you have a cup of ice and some of it has melted by the time you're going through security?
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Drink the liquid part
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Old Mar 25, 21, 1:55 pm
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Originally Posted by eneq
So what happens if you have a cup of ice and some of it has melted by the time you're going through security?
I am not sure if you are serious, but the answer is pretty simple ...
1. You get no question and proceed to your gate
2. You get questioned, dump out the water and proceed to your gate.
You won't get arrested or detained
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Old Mar 25, 21, 2:08 pm
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Originally Posted by MarkCron
I am not sure if you are serious, but the answer is pretty simple ...
1. You get no question and proceed to your gate
2. You get questioned, dump out the water and proceed to your gate.
You won't get arrested or detained
I was joking, but thanks for the specific answer
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Old Mar 25, 21, 2:26 pm
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Have been on 52 Delta flights since the pandemic began...this week took my first American flight. Was super excited thinking I would get a Diet Dr. Pepper and some more service. I only follow the Delta threads as I mostly fly them, and was led to believe that Delta service is far below the competitors....well, let me tell you - I will not be complaining about Delta again (not true, but not at least for a few weeks). American flight attendants and service were terrible. A small bottle of water on two flights with a bag of pretzels (MSP-CLT and PHL-MSP). Nothing on the shorter segments (CLT-MDT and MDT-PHL - that last segment is only 20 minutes so no problem there, but the other one was 90 minutes long). The flight attendants came once thru the aisle and then sat down the rest of the entire flight. Plus completely full flights, it felt so weird to sit next to a stranger again although I actually kind of liked that. But with the seat blocking and more snacks offered, Delta is doing a much better job.
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Old Mar 25, 21, 2:33 pm
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Originally Posted by xiphoid76
Have been on 52 Delta flights since the pandemic began...this week took my first American flight. Was super excited thinking I would get a Diet Dr. Pepper and some more service. I only follow the Delta threads as I mostly fly them, and was led to believe that Delta service is far below the competitors....well, let me tell you - I will not be complaining about Delta again (not true, but not at least for a few weeks). American flight attendants and service were terrible. A small bottle of water on two flights with a bag of pretzels (MSP-CLT and PHL-MSP). Nothing on the shorter segments (CLT-MDT and MDT-PHL - that last segment is only 20 minutes so no problem there, but the other one was 90 minutes long). The flight attendants came once thru the aisle and then sat down the rest of the entire flight. Plus completely full flights, it felt so weird to sit next to a stranger again although I actually kind of liked that. But with the seat blocking and more snacks offered, Delta is doing a much better job.
I wouldnt expect them to come by more than once on a sub-3 hour flight (which is your longest).

What happened when you requested a Diet DP? Or did you not even ask for one? 🤦‍♂️
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Old Mar 25, 21, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by xiphoid76
Have been on 52 Delta flights since the pandemic began...this week took my first American flight. Was super excited thinking I would get a Diet Dr. Pepper and some more service. I only follow the Delta threads as I mostly fly them, and was led to believe that Delta service is far below the competitors....well, let me tell you - I will not be complaining about Delta again (not true, but not at least for a few weeks). American flight attendants and service were terrible. A small bottle of water on two flights with a bag of pretzels (MSP-CLT and PHL-MSP). Nothing on the shorter segments (CLT-MDT and MDT-PHL - that last segment is only 20 minutes so no problem there, but the other one was 90 minutes long). The flight attendants came once thru the aisle and then sat down the rest of the entire flight. Plus completely full flights, it felt so weird to sit next to a stranger again although I actually kind of liked that. But with the seat blocking and more snacks offered, Delta is doing a much better job.
Drinks on American right now are "on request only." Not sure if you were in J or Y, but usually, but not always, they do come around row by row in J. Y is definitely on request, but I've never had anything but my drink brought to me with a smile when I've pressed the call button. (No alcohol in Y, full bar in J.) All this to say, if you had asked for a Diet Dr. Pepper, I bet you would have gotten one.
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