StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 4 Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2021 times:
It all depends on the country's regulation as where the plane flies from or into. E.g, SQ's flight in and out of Australia has metal cutleries and a plastic knife. This is because Australian regulations doesn't allow the use of metal knives post-911. But if SQ flies into Indonesia, then all cutleries are metal, including the knives. This is because both Singaporean and Indonesian authorities still allow the use of metal knives.
But then again, it is to the Airlines' discrepancy whether to use plastic knives and/or forks even if local authorities allow. Some airlines have thought that metal forks are more dangerous than metal knives, but who knows what the reason behind that is.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Thanks for the reply.. I guess it kinda makes some sense. But isn't it also kinda stupid? I mean, if someone wants to hijack the aircraft, they can use the steel fork. I think a steel fork is much more dangerous than a steel knife. (All the knives I've seen on board are those steel butter knives..not the sharp kinda ones).
ZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 6937 posts, RR: 10 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2013 times:
It depends on the country of origin and country of destination. Eg. I would imagine that all flights in and out of the USA are not allowed metal cutelery, but for other nations, it may be a different case.
StudentFlyer From Australia, joined Sep 2004, 688 posts, RR: 4 Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
But isn't it also kinda stupid? I mean, if someone wants to hijack the aircraft, they can use the steel fork. I think a steel fork is much more dangerous than a steel knife. (All the knives I've seen on board are those steel butter knives..not the sharp kinda ones).
Yes, I'd agree with you Springbok747. It makes much more sense to stab someone with a metal fork than a metal knife, because as you said, it's just butter knives. If it was steak knives, then it would make sense to be replaced with plastic ones. That probably explains why you had a plastic fork and a metal knife. Anyway, thanks for your opinion
Once you're used to using plastic knives, it's kinda weird to use metal ones again... in my experience at least. Lol
Kilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
I arrived yesterday from Switzerland in Southern India with Saudi Airlines in guest class (economy). On the leg GVA-JED-RUH, in 777-200, we had metal cutlery, and on the leg RUH-MAA(Chennai-Madras), in another 777-200, we had plastic ones.
One FA told me that between Europe and Saudi Arabia, the service is called "golden service". That may explains the difference of cutlery.
But in spite of the difference of cutlery I must admit that with SV the golden service was everywhere, as I could extend my bones on four seats between RUH and MAA.
The whole flight was fantastic, the FAs and the service too. And 777-200 is really my favorite plane, both with metal or plastic cutlery.