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United ditches cocktail picks - to save $80,000 per year

United ditches cocktail picks - to save $80,000 per year

Old Jan 6, 21, 12:16 pm
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United ditches cocktail picks - to save $80,000 per year

From the article:

United Airlines Just Made a Tiny Change. And the Results Are Truly Fascinating | Inc.com

In short: no more cocktail picks on United Airlines.

I admit, I had to think through what these even were, when I first read the report. Basically,
this affects you only if you fly on United Airlines and you order a drink with a wedge of lemon or lime.

Your United Airlines flight attendant will serve the drink with the wedge -- but without one of those little plastic or wooden spears stuck through the middle of it.

And, according to an internal memo obtained by the airline site, Live and Let Fly, United Airlines says it expects to save $80,000 per year as a result of this change.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 12:22 pm
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About time. Those things were always annoying and I never saw the point.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 12:28 pm
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Just think what a single olive would save!
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Old Jan 6, 21, 12:44 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
About time. Those things were always annoying and I never saw the point.
When used correctly, keeps FAs hands off the lemon/lime that is going in the drink. More sanitary.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 12:45 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
When used correctly, keeps FAs hands off the lemon/lime that is going in the drink. More sanitary.
Except their hands have touched the rim of the glass and the lemon has probably been touched by plenty of people in the process of being cut and put in the plane.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Except their hands have touched the rim of the glass and the lemon has probably been touched by plenty of people in the process of being cut and put in the plane.
Which is why, whether on a plane or a restaurant, I order my drinks without garnish. In restaurants, I generally order without ice, no one knows when those ice machines have been cleaned out and sanitized.

While the 80K is purely petty and just lumps on the usual "screw the customer for a few dollars, enrich the executives and shareholders with more" nonsense, I am in favor of reducing single use plastics anyway, so for that reason alone, I am OK with the change.
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Old Jan 6, 21, 1:57 pm
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
About time. Those things were always annoying and I never saw the point.
You're not supposed to see the point! It's in the lime!
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Old Jan 6, 21, 3:10 pm
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Originally Posted by physioprof View Post
You're not supposed to see the point! It's in the lime!
Sharp observation!

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Old Jan 6, 21, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by goodeats21 View Post
When used correctly, keeps FAs hands off the lemon/lime that is going in the drink. More sanitary.
Lemon is acidic. It should kill most germs anyway
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Old Jan 6, 21, 3:39 pm
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Except these 'picks' haven't been plastic since before the pandemic. United changed to wooden 'picks' pre-March 2020. Maybe they were working through some old plastic stirrers from back in the day but by & large they were onto the wooden ones already.

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Old Jan 7, 21, 3:40 am
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Pre-Covid, citruses were boarded cut and placed into a blue economy plastic cup.

Procedure was supposed to be to spear it out of the cup without using oneís hands. I donít know how many of you have ever tried spearing something with the new wooden sticks but I think itís safe to say more than one FA used their hands.

without a stick, unless thereís a packing change, you can expect the FA to use their hands. Up to the individual whether or not they trust such hands are clean.

Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
Except their hands have touched the rim of the glass and the lemon has probably been touched by plenty of people in the process of being cut and put in the plane.
Glasses are loaded into the glass racks upside down, so I can honestly say in the 4 years I spent in the air, my hands never touched the rim of a passenger glass.

Blue plastic cups are a different story.

The citruses were cut and placed into a container and shut by one person (who wears gloves, iirc) and retrieved by the FAs. Max two people.
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Originally Posted by fezzington View Post
Pre-Covid, citruses were boarded cut and placed into a blue economy plastic cup.

Procedure was supposed to be to spear it out of the cup without using oneís hands. I donít know how many of you have ever tried spearing something with the new wooden sticks but I think itís safe to say more than one FA used their hands.

without a stick, unless thereís a packing change, you can expect the FA to use their hands. Up to the individual whether or not they trust such hands are clean.



Glasses are loaded into the glass racks upside down, so I can honestly say in the 4 years I spent in the air, my hands never touched the rim of a passenger glass.

Blue plastic cups are a different story.

The citruses were cut and placed into a container and shut by one person (who wears gloves, iirc) and retrieved by the FAs. Max two people.
When you say 'new wooden sticks', are those the heftier ones with a point at one end or the thinner ones with flat tips?

I for some reason had thought the heftier, pointed ones were newer (faulty memory perhaps), but I've watched FAs use those with seeming ease. However, I can see that the thinner ones would be nearly useless for spearing.
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Old Jan 7, 21, 10:52 am
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Originally Posted by dmurphynj View Post
Just think what a single olive would save!
Excellent Idea Bob!! (Crandall, for those who may not be aware of the reference. Look it up if you are curious)
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Old Jan 7, 21, 5:49 pm
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So, no way to stir a mixed drink now?
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Old Jan 7, 21, 6:51 pm
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So, no way to stir a mixed drink now?
I hope you still have fingers!
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