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The Crazy Reason Why This Airline May Say 'So Long' to Metal Meal Utensils

Where: Thailand
April 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | ()

The 'clink-clank' of metal cutlery during meal times on Thai Airways may soon be a thing of the past. The airline is one of the few major international carriers that still use metal cutlery in all classes, but should a trial of plastic utensils prove successful, this could be the end of it.

What prompted the switch?

Well, during a flight from Bangkok to Beijing earlier this month, an in-flight brawl started between three passengers, leaving one of the passengers with injuries sustained from being attacked with a meal's steel knife and fork. This idiotic move is having its ripple effects, causing the airline to trial the move to less-lethal flatware.

Flights from LA to Bangkok will be the first to face a plastic replacement and, if all goes well, flights to China will follow suit.

Coincidentally, the Thai airline is finalizing details of their restructuring and facing decisions on job cuts and lowering operations costs; no doubt aircraft flying a little lighter will help with the fuel bill.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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