Cutbacks are commonly talked about these days with people and companies being so price conscious. But we have to face it because it is true. With rising costs, demands are going up, supplies are going down and there seems to never be way out.
From traditional cutbacks in the office, to people spending less at the store, airlines are now cutback as well. If you ever flown before, you know that there is a variety of snacks and beverages available. However, for those that like limes in their vodka tonic, will notice that the lime is no longer there on Alaska Airlines. The reason for this is because of a shortage and a price hike with the fruits. Because of the frigid winter, Mexican and India lime prices have soared; for Mexico, the biggest impact was in Jalisco.
United Airlines is making do with offering lemons and Alaska Airlines are expected to have a normal supply of limes back in late May. This pattern is not new and started in the 1980s with American Airlines. Here the CEO decided to remove one olive from every salad offered and saved $40,000 a year.
Note though, that not all airlines have changed their drink service, it is just a small annoying setback that is only temporary.