Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Also in Barometer: the demise of the free in-flight meal; egg-hunts without Easter; what's the minimum wage around Europe?

Cabin fodder

British Airways proposes to stop serving free meals on long-haul flights.

-- Although passengers once took it for granted that on-board food would be free, airline meals began on a Handley Page flight from London to Paris in 1919, when a packed lunch of sandwiches and fruit cost three shillings (just under £8 now).

-- Once free meals were the norm, the first carrier to call a halt was South West Airlines, founded in the USA in 1967. It offered free peanuts instead, calling itself 'the peanut airline' with 'peanut fares'.

-- Ryanair went one further in cutting frills, charging [euro]2 for a pack of peanuts.

What's a Grecian earn?

The National Living Wage went up to £7.50 an hour for over-25s, but Jeremy Corbyn wants £10 for everyone. What's the minimum hourly wage around Europe?

Ireland - [euro]9.15 (£7.62)

Germany - [euro]8.50 (£7.08)

France* - [euro]9.66 (£8.04)

Netherlands* - [euro]9.79 (£8.15)

Spain* - [euro]4.17 (£3.47)

Greece* - [euro]3.82 (£3.18)

*Paid monthly: figures presume 35-hour week

Source: EurWORK

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