Saxon From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5870 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.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5776 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.
Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2548 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5724 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.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 1585 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5701 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.
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2331 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5691 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..
Aerokiwi From New Zealand, joined Jul 2000, 2548 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5640 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.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31450 posts, RR: 57 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5376 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
Tbanger From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 266 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5229 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.
Canadi>n From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5088 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.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31450 posts, RR: 57 Reply 25, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5045 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