Dear United: please invest in better spoons!

I can’t be the only one thinking this. I’ve been flying all day. For breakfast I was treated to United’s delightful bran cereal and raspberry yogurt. For dinner I was treated to United’s Asian chicken salad (which the purser referred to as “caesar salad”) and corn chowder. I can’t for the life of me understand how United can serve cereal, yogurt, and chowder, with a teaspoon. Yes, a teaspoon. I’m not asking for a fancy soup spoon (though it would be awfully nice), but at least a tablespoon would be nice. A shallow teaspoon just doesn’t cut it for trying to eat cereal, yogurt, or chowder.

Anyone with me?


  1. Well, I can’t agree with youi in this instance. I’m one of those people who prefer to eat soup and cereal with a teaspoon sized spoon. I just have a difficult time with a regular tablespoon sized spoon…. tend to dribble and drop little bits when I use a big spoon. Really difficult if I am out to dinner at an upscale restaurant where a large spoon is ‘de rigueur.’
    But I do, on the other hand, appreciate your post. – It’s right up there with wanting my wine served in a real glass on US. :0

  2. They do have them, I just don’t think the catering companies board them. I was given a normal spoon on a flight last week from SFO-JFK in C. Meal was a chili breadbowl and FA had a regular spoon on they tray when she brought it.

  3. You skinny young’uns with metabolisms like a racehorse need big spoons to shovel it in to keep your furnace stoked.

    On the other hand, us old f*rts who are continuously battling to keep our weight to a point where we aren’t COSes are thankful for being forced to take small bites … and possibly wear ourselves out before we take in too many calories! šŸ™‚

  4. I don’t think I’d want a tablespoon to eat soup. So seems like United is looking out for people like me. šŸ˜‰

  5. @ Tracy.. It’s Tilton, not Tipton. And UA does have good customer service. I’ve flown 120,720 miles this year, and have had great service..

    @Pat +100000

  6. I, also, prefer the teaspoon sized spoons. I feel like a pig eating with a tablespoon. Just the way I was raised, I guess.

  7. I’m a small spoon guy all the way. Even at home, the only time I ever use the “regular” sized spoons in my silverware sets is when I run out of the teaspoon size…

  8. Teaspoons are for stirring and children. Tablespoons are for adults and being able to actually taste your food. I imagine it’s just too hard for most people to take smaller scoops with a larger implement. I feel with a proper citywork mentality we could all grow up and use tablespoons.

  9. I agree: want soup sized spoon. I have travelled 400k miles with UA this year, and hate to admit; I love the corn chowder; where can I get it for the few days I’m home…. I know….sad isn’t it?

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