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Metal Forks And Knifes Back Again?  
User currently offlineOxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 675 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

During Easter I went from Hong Kong to Sydney and back on Qantas. On the flight to Syd, plastic dining utensils were used, but on the flight back to Hong Kong, Metal knifes and forks were used. I didn't notice it at first, but then my mother suddenly exclaimed, "oops! Why are we using metal knifes!?'' .

Are airlines allowed to use metal knifes again ? When did that started ?

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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

The plural of knife is knives  Big grin

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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2027 times:

On all the OS flights that I have been on since 9-11, metal utensil's have been used. I`ve only used plastic forks and knives once and that was on United.


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Most US carriers are using metal forks and spoons, and plastic knives, on their full meal services in all classes of service.

User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

Let's stop paranoia.
Yes, I hope airlines will soon come back to metal knives !!
The reason? They have been designed for safety, to make sure you will not hurt cabin crew or your neighbourg in case of turbuilences.
By comparaison, plastic knives are more dangerous: in some occasions, when you break them, you can get a very sharp and solid point...

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User currently offlineCannedSpam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

I haven't had a metal knife, fork or spoon in First Class or Business Class on AA since last year inlcuding my trip to Europe last week.

User currently offlineSetjet From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Mar 2002, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Thank you Singapore_Air!

User currently offlineRydawg82 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 877 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1903 times:

Just last week on Alaska Airlines we were given Metal Spoons, and Plastic knives and forks.....For what its worth....Ry

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User currently offlineNWA Man From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

This is turning into a survey question  Yeah sure ... so I'll gladly oblige  Smile/happy/getting dizzy ...

On NW, coach meals have had all plastic silverware. I think that was a pre-9/11 cut.

First class passengers now receive a metal spoon and fork, and a plastic knife. We received a note apologizing for the plastic knife "due to security concerns" on the MSP-BWI dinner flight September 21st. On the latest first class MSP-BWI flight (May 3), the plastic knife remains with no apology note.


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User currently offlineSpk From Thailand, joined Jun 2001, 459 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

THAI has stopped using metal knives on all flights after 9/11 including first and business class. They do, however, use a nice-looking plastic knives, not the flimsy and ugly ones.

Singapore Airlines uses metal knives on non-US bound flights. I took a BKK-SIN-BKK flights with SQ last month and they use metal knives.

User currently offlineBkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

These plastic knives are so absurd. The metal forks were and continue to be "sharper" than the metal knives ever were.

As Teva said, the metal knives were never sharp in the first place. Lucky if you could cut butter with them.

CX use very nice plastic knives ( almost silver in colour) on all flights, not only to the US. BA in South Africa ( Comair) use metal knives on all their flights.

User currently offlineIronminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1863 times:


5/17, AA JFK-LAX in Y: Plastic all the way.

5/17, QF LAX-SYD in Y: Metal knives and forks, plastic spoons oddly enough.

User currently offlineMARIO NAME From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1850 times:


It's stupid think that a metal fork won't hurt someone and a plastic knife will.
At TAM we are using all plastics for a wile now, I think it's ok, but some china dish broken is as lethal as any knife! A pen or a pencil would be as lethal as any knife.............Please let's stop the paranoia!!!

Relax and Best regards from Brazil!

User currently offlineOxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1840 times:

Thanks very much, especially Singapore_air for correcting my spelling mistake.

So it's just up to the airline to use plastic or not ?

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30414 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Most airlines that I have ever been on when to plastic for cost reasons a long time ago.

That being said, I think that the whole banning of metal knifes thing, both the butter knifes for the meal service and the elimination of passengers pocketknifes is paranoia. Just about any item can be turned into a weapon.

Unfortunatly the traveling public seems hell bent to be paranoid these days, so I will continue to refuse to fly anywhere.

User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1758 times:

On all my first-class flights on CO, it's been plastic knife, metal forks, metal spoons. I did once see F/A's in the galley with a corkscrew - supposedly those too had been eliminated but it appears there is a lot of inconsistency.

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