Food Donation Takes Off

Who says all changes in the airline industry are for the worse? This year, Alaska Airlines started donating unopened food from its flights into Portland and Seattle.

The Seattle-based flyer gave food banks more than 80,000 pounds of food in 2008. While it may not be smoked salmon, it’s pretty decent stuff:

The food is unopened bags of dried fruit, salami, cheese spread, crackers, cookies and other items that were initially offered to first-class passengers.Do they donate salmon? photo by Drewski 2112 via Creative Commons

The airline’s serving wrapped products that passengers select from a basket enabled the donation program, which began in January. Brilliant! Now why can’t all airlines do this?

Perhaps in the future Alaska Airlines can expand the program to coach. Oh, that’s right, there’s no more free food service there. On the plus side, though, I’m sure all airlines have plenty of unsold $10 sandwiches that could be donated…

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