United Airlines bringing back free snacks in coach on US flights

FILE - In this July 8, 2015 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at their gates as another plane, top, taxis past them at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. U.S. airlines have ramped up an aggressive lobbying campaign that seeks nothing less than converting the government from industry regulator to business ally. The big three legacy carriers, Delta, American and United, want the Obama administration to protect them from competition from foreign airlines, arguing those rivals can undercut ticket prices thanks to government subsidies or cheaper labor. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines is bringing back free snacks for economy-class passengers in February.

Those snacks were cut off in 2008 by United and Continental followed suit in 2011 after the airlines merged.

Jimmy Samartzis, United’s vice president of food services, said the airline is “refocusing on the big and little things that we know matter to our customers.”

Economy flyers can now look forward to treats ranging from stroopwafels, a Dutch treat of two thin waffles stuck together with caramel, to an Asian-inspired mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas.

The airline said Wednesday that the snacks would return on all United and United Express flights within the U.S. and those in Latin America that don’t already have them.

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