Plato Royale: Cheese Plates of US Airways vs. Continental/United

US Airways fruit and cheese platter
US Airways fruit and cheese platter
John Zur

Airline food long ago moved from complimentary hot meals to packets of peanuts. And then came... nothing... unless you were willing to shell out $3 for a packet of

M&Ms. May we suggest the cheese plate?! Or maybe not. A review:

US Airways

The fruit and cheese platter ($7) comes

with Swiss, cheddar, and pepper jack cheeses paired with seasonal

fresh red grapes, strawberries, and honeydew melon, and assorted


Pros: The fruits and cheese weren't

farm fresh, but they were a proud quality for airline food. For not

eating breakfast, the portion held me till lunch, two hours later,

just fine.

Cons: The packets of Pepperidge Farm

crackers were hardly anything special.


The cheese and fruit plate ($6.25) is a

delicious selection of muenster, cheddar, gouda, and brie cheeses,

crackers, red grapes, and pecan halves.

Pros: The presentation looks like

something for a gift basket, coming with large cubes of cheese under

a dome of plastic. Four types of cheese is rather generous for an

airline these days.

Cons: I didn't get to eat a cheese and

fruit plate because they ran out by the time they got to 28E.


US Airways wins by default. Sorry

Continental/United, but if you're going to win the plato royale, you

must have more options for the back third of the plane beside a

parfait, muffin, and Jimmy Dean sandwich.

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