Originally Posted by freeweed
I also find it interesting how age-specific food expectations on airlines seem to be. Having only very rarely flown back when airlines always provided a hot meal, I just never expect it. Hell, it feels like at least a decade since I got more than a tiny bag of crackers or what have you. Although as a compulsive grazer, I'm always over-paying for those damn snack boxes that everyone carries (except UA on their smaller jets). And annoying my seatmates mightily with the smell of hummus and salsa.
On flights over 2 hours I expect some sort of food services to be available, and if its buy on board then there should be several substantial food offerings (e.g. snack boxes).
The need for food on board is born out of necessity when flying for business or personal reasons. I often have short connections with no time to stop at the post security food court. Arrival at the airport is usually under 1 hour prior to departure (I rarely check bags) due to previous meetings and conference end time of 4pm Friday.
The snack boxes are great for Y pax. Also on AC, Y pax can order the main course J meal (e.g. the chicken, pasta, or steak) once the J cabin has made their selections. Its the best value for money, a hot meal in economy for $8.