AviationTough measures leave passengers to their own devices

Airline jettisons snacks, drinks, blankets – and 170 staff

Airline jettisons snacks, drinks, blankets – and 170 staff

HONG KONG – Flying economy class these days can be tough – and even tougher if you’re on board Hong Kong Airlines.

The carrier has announced the unprecedented step of cutting F&B, pillows and blankets on board.

Splash out for a business seat and you’ll get a bottle of water. Go cattle, and it’s a sealed cup of water. And for both, it’s BYO food all the way.

On Wednesday, 170 staff discovered it would be their final day on the job. This comes following the airline’s decision two weeks ago to sack 400 of its 3,500 staff and reduce services to mainland China.

With no in-flight entertainment, passengers have been left to their own devices (literally) while flying Hong Kong Airlines. The carrier’s flagship airport lounge has closed too.

The airline has explained the measures are designed to protect cabin crew and customers from COVID-19.

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