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.