No Food-Drink Service for Flights Shorter Than One Hour

Soon some of China’s air travelers will notice that there are no in-flight food and drink service for them. That is if their flight time is shorter than one hour.

Whereas this sounds very much like a measure taken by airlines to cut their costs, in reality the driving force behind the change is China Bureau of Civil Aviation. The Bureau recently issued a new regulation prohibiting air crews from providing non-essential services within 20 minutes after taking-off and 30 minutes prior to landing. This is intended to reduce the likelihood of accidents and injuries.

The Bureau issued the new policy back in October 2012. The airlines, however, are still in the process of making adjustments, worrying that the changes will displease travelers.