Airlines to Post Calorie Counts for Food on Board

Ever wonder how many calories were in that bag of peanuts you no longer get when you fly?  Neither have I.  But that’s moot, as the government will require airlines to post calorie counts for onboard food beginning next year.  Airlines (and other companies forced to comply with this law) are complaining about it in part because they don’t have menus on which to post calorie counts on many of their flights.  New York City has required chain restaurants to post calorie counts for a year or two now and a study has found that there has been no change in consumer behavior since learning, for example, that some Jamba Juice drinks have 1,000 calories.   On the other hand, a donut at Dunkin Donuts has fewer calories than a bagel.  Go figure.

That’s neither here nor there.  Airlines are actually required to post calorie counts now, but no fine kicks in until next year, which is when they’ll actually enact these changes.


  1. Posting calorie counts on airplane meals is, of course, a classic abuse by the “nanny state.” I guess the good thing is that there are almost no (free) domestic coach meals left. :)

    Will the flight attendants be required to hand out a menu before you buy your meal telling you the prospective calorie counts? Othewise, what’s the point? I guess you can choose not to eat what you’ve just purchased.

    I’ve never known anybody who actually needs/wants this information on an airplane. Obviously, if you’re watching what you eat, you can use your common sense.

  2. Nanny state? Maybe. But I have found it highly interesting to look through the calorie lists (often a separate menu) in restaurants on the ground. Quite a few “shockers” for me that have changed my food preferences. The airlines tend to describe/advertise their food offerings (for coach) in the inflight magazine. I would think that would be a logical place to add the information.

    Heck, the airlines ought be to interested in their customers losing a pound or five… It saves fuel.