This airline is bringing back kids' meals

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Kids traveling on this U.S. airline this holiday season can look forward to meals while aboard their flights.

Chicago, Ill.-based United Airlines announced this week that a variety of food options are now available to young travelers. Grilled cheese and French toast are just some of the dishes that will be on the menu.

“From chicken tenders and grilled cheese to French toast and dessert, children can now enjoy both breakfast and lunch/dinner menus on select United flights where complimentary meals are served,” said the company in a press release.

United customers can select a kid’s meal by picking the “Children’s Special Meals” option when they book their tickets. They can also add a request to an existing reservation using the United mobile app.

Currently, the meals are available on flights greater than 2,000 miles in cabins where complimentary meal service is offered. Next year, United will offer a pre-order option to customers traveling in eligible cabins on select flights.

According to USA Today, United stopped selling food during the pandemic, but started up again by holiday season 2020. At this time two years ago, the airline was offering just two snack bags and non-alcoholic drinks, said the outlet.

“We’re committed to providing a great onboard experience for all of our customers, and we're thrilled to be able to offer our youngest flyers new, kid-friendly food options on select routes,” said Aaron McMillan, United’s managing director of hospitality and planning. “We know there's a lot to balance when traveling as a family – especially during the busy holiday season – and hope this helps to put parents' minds at ease as they prepare for travel with us.”

For select domestic flights (including Hawaii) and international flights departing the U.S., the United kids’ menu includes French toast with sausage, fruit and a croissant for breakfast as well as chicken tenders with fruit, a dinner roll and dessert for lunch and dinner. Young passengers on international flights returning to the U.S. can order a French toast meal for breakfast and a grilled cheese sandwich with fruit and a dinner roll, along with dessert for lunch and dinner.

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