With all the post 9-11 cutbacks, one of the things that seems to be disappearing is printed inflight menus (at least in Economy Class). Both Virgin and British have eliminated them, and from what I've heard so has American.
I have a solution: why don't airlines consider instead displaying the menus on the inflight entertainment system? It could be played after the safety demo, or could be included in the channels that show the flight maps or the Airline info.
While it is still not the same as having a real printed menu which you can take with you, there are some advantages:
1) cheap (no printing/paper costs)
2) not labor intensive. Does not require any additional systems beyond those already present on aircraft
3) possibilities for future interactive component: choose your dish electronically from your seat, see menu in any language you like, see picture of food, read about the food you are eating, etc etc.
What do others think?