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Boiled Sweets For Take-off And Landing  
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6869 times:

Many airlines, particularly charter carriers used to have cabin staff come through the cabin offering boiled sweets or mints. Any carriers still do that today?

It was a lovely little touch and very much apreciated as a child. I suspect that this 'frill' has gone in the days of costcutting and offering poorer service to customers.

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User currently offlineSaxon From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6839 times:

I remember those days....On my first ever flight, which was on Air 2000 in 1994 to Malta on a 752, and they brought round sweets. It was a small thing, but it was good! I'd like to see them do that again.


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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6800 times:

Aeroflot, Kontinentalniye Avialinii (Continental Airways), and Sibir S7 (Siberia Airlines) all give out sweets on many or all their flights just after takeoff and before landing.

User currently offlineEzra From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 474 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6774 times:

Just out of curiosity, what is a "boiled sweet"?

User currently offline767er From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

Air New Zealand always offer sweets just prior to landing. Its a tradition that dates back to the 1950s I think. Nice to see they retain this in the age of cost cutting.


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User currently offlineAfay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6756 times:

Its a British term for hard candy, suckers, etc....

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 6745 times:

Just out of curiosity, what is a "boiled sweet"?


In the USA you'd probably refer to 'sweets' as 'candy'. Boiled sweets are simple glassy sugar candy, usually fruit-flavoured and designed to be sucked. The name derives from the fact that they are made from a basic sugar mixture which is boiled before being cooled to harden.


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3084 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6711 times:

First Air in the Canadian arctic gives them out....




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User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6693 times:

I'm a particular fan of Air NZ's minty ones (white) - not too peperminty, but not too bland. Nice.

It's also nice that it gives the kids on a flight something to look forward too. Especially now that they're not allowed to vists the cockpit. Even on domestic flights that only last an hour, NZ attendants pick whatever kids might be keen to take the basket round. Even if I don't take one, I always do so the kid feels good. It always seems to put a smile on their face.

Actually I remember that the boiled sweets thing was one of the big public questions asked when NZ said they were going to their "low-frills" style of service a few years back. I suspect they kept the sweets as a PR move. Good choice I reckon.


User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6670 times:

Prior to modern jets, boiled sweets were given out to all passengers to suck, thus clearing eardrums from the effects of air pressurisation differentials on takeoff and landings. It's a simple a that! Have you noticed how infants used to cry on landing - it's just nature's way of clearing their eardrums.





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User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25281 posts, RR: 85
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6663 times:
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The sweets/lollies/candies tradition goes back much, much further.

In the days before aircraft were poressurized, a lot of people had ear probbelms, particularly during descent.

Swallowing helped to counteract this, and sucking on candy, producing saliva and swallowing it, helped the pressure on the ears.

So airlines used to offer sweets/lollies/candies, usually before landing, but sometimes before take-off as well.

cheers

mariner



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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

In the US im sure that airlines dont do a special trip with them because its not good for kids to have a hard candy in their mouths, they will choke! Now with most airlines that serve food you get a mint (one of the little starlight mints the one that is white with red stripes like a candy cane) *Did that just so everyone from all areas of the world know what I am talking about!* in your food package to freshen your breath after eating. I was not aware that people are so excited about these little candies, they cost less than one penny! Next time I fly somewhere I will make sure to pick up a bag and give them to my fellow passengers around me! Never know maybe I will make someone's day. Also I think if the airlines thought that people like these candies that much they would be able to afford them, like I said less than a penny maybe even 3 for a penny if you buy bulk..




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User currently offlineAerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6609 times:

From the NZ perspective, a lot of it has to do with adults having fond memories of handing out the sweets when they were kids, when flying was considered special. Sentimental and mushy? Of course. A nice gesture to the past? Yes.

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6597 times:

Almost everytime I seem to cut my tongue with them. They get to that point where they become flat and sharp. But it's good AirNZ still do it.

User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6511 times:

All domestic flights in India, as far as I can recall, serve candy prior to takeoff.


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User currently offlineKanebear From United States of America, joined May 2002, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6489 times:

AA used to do it prior to landing, at least in the F cabin, but I haven't seen it in some time. I'm sure that went away along with the sundaes in F.  Sad

User currently offlineMalaysia From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 3352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

some US airlines give out mints before landing


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User currently offlinePhilsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6356 times:

SQ does pass our sweets in F and C cabins. And if I remember, correctly in Y also.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6345 times:

Out here the Basket of Candy/sweets does the rounds prior to T/O & Landing mainly to help pax cope with Pressurization loads on the ears by enabling them to swallow.
There are soft candy & Tamarind sweets too.
The best part the Kids can take as much as they like  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineVictorTango From India, joined Jan 2005, 500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6303 times:

Mel I love that tamarind sweet on 9W. I remember when I was a ramper I had a handful of those in my pocket  Big grin

Rgds, Olly


User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6287 times:

That would be great, my son on a flight with a hand full of candy, NO THANKS! Also do they not sell these candies in the stores out there? Its really not that big of a deal, go buy a bag!


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User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6263 times:
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I remember helping the FA pass out those sweets on an NZ B742 flight from CHC-AKL when I was a kid. Pretty good candy!

On a flight from SIN-NRT, I recall JL passing out sweets as well.


User currently offlineNz777 From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6223 times:

Air NZ still offer "landing lollies", both domestic and international services. Yes, they still ask the kids to take part, and the smiles on their faces makes it worthwhile.

I have seen lollies on QF,but only when Ansett was around (as Ansett offered them after Air NZ took over). Haven't seen lollies on QF for a long time, but that's competition for you (or lack of it...)

ps - this is my first post..



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User currently offlineTbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6198 times:

Rex (Regional Express) does it. Kendell used to do it under Ansett and Hazelton have alway done it since the Shorts 360 entered service.

Usually we use minties but sometimes we use cool mints just as a change. We don't allow the kids to get involved due to the fact that the aircraft has commenced descent when they are handed out and the seat belt sign has been switched on. It is a great idea though.



User currently offlineCanadi>n From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6057 times:

When I was a kid (1960's), Air Canada F/A's would come through the cabin with a silver tray that had cellophane-wrapped Chiclets. I think it was useful as part of the cabin check for take-off, i.e., stopping at each row to ensure luggage was stowed properly and seat belts were done up.

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 25, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6014 times:

That would be great, my son on a flight with a hand full of candy, NO THANKS! Also do they not sell these candies in the stores out there? Its really not that big of a deal, go buy a bag!
Ask your kid what would be preffered.A family member buying a Bag of sweets or a F/A offering a Tray full of sweets.
You'll get your Answer  Smile
regds
MEL



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