Years ago, I wrote an open letter to the CEO of British Airways because I was bummed out that they were taking away a variety of free on board snacks and drinks from short haul flights within Europe. I didn’t have any real problem with putting the vodka behind a paywall, or even the food either. I was just really sad to see tea, a British institution, become something that people paid for on a distinctly British airline.
Ultimately, Mr. Cruz called my bluff. I’ve bought quite a few cups of tea on the airline since those fateful days, because I just need my tea – damnit! However, a new opportunity has presented itself where I can once again enjoy a cup of caffeinated warmth, without “strictly” paying for it. Here’s the story…
But now, British Airways sells Teapigs Tea – nice choice, btw – and the bag comes separate to the cup. That means BA had to stock their own cups, which don’t already have a built in bag.
Guess what that means?
If you bring your own tea bag, which is completely fine to go through security by the way, you can effectively enjoy “free” tea on board once again. The only cost is whatever you paid for the bag back at home, which we can’t figure being too much. You just need to ask for some warm water and a cup.
However you slice it, this is a happy opportunity for British Airways travellers flying within Europe to reclaim their lovely tea, whether the airline “technically” wants them to or not. BYO-tea bag is the new way forward.
HT: Head For Points