Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Jet Blue Serves Gluten-free Snack

It's amazing news.  On the other hand, it's ridiculous that having gluten-free food on the airplane feels like a newsworthy event to me.  But, being a seasoned traveler and also a gluten-free person for 6 years, I was excited at the prospect of having a gluten-free snack on an airplane for the first time - one that I didn't have to order at least 72 hours in advance.  Thank you, Jet Blue!

I read the ingredients of each item, and the only thing that concerned me was the almonds.  They didn't have any gluten ingredients, but the package was labeled for possible wheat cross-contamination.  Even so, the almonds in question were individually packaged, so if a person didn't want to risk the contamination issue they could pass over the almonds.

It wasn't a hearty meal by any stretch of the imagination, but it tided me over on the two-hour flight during which no regular meal was served.

This gluten-free snack, called the "Shape Up," was $5.99.  It was not only gluten-free but also vegetarian.  It included green olives, almonds, raisins, GF crackers, hummus, a wet napkin, a mint, and a Pamela's ginger cookie.
The olives went nicely with my Bloody Mary.   This is the way to travel!


HippyMa said...

This is exciting news!! I flew AA recently & was stuck on an hour & 1/2 flight for 7 hours, with NO gluten-free snacks being offered, no dinner, etc. (thank God I have packed some snacks, but that only took us (family of 4) so far. ugh! Thanks for the post.

Gina said...

I've definitely been stuck without anything to eat before. The Denver airport is the worst for Gluten-free offerings, and I was stuck there with a delayed flight for hours. Then to get on the plane and not have anything for several more hours... Ugh! I was really excited to see some roasted almonds on a US Airways flight recently, but this snack pack was much better! Thanks for the comments - hopefully other airlines will follow suit.

Wellness Trio said...

Congratulations to Jet Blue for offering alternative choices! This is evidence of being in touch with a growing number of customers who want options.

Gina said...

Yes! I hope the idea of serving some on-flight gluten-free snacks takes off from here.

Jason said...

Nice post, thanks.

Gina said...

Thanks Jason! I just took a look at your website. Beautiful stuff!