Lufthansa's low cost subsidiary will be handing out less of the paper bags. It names sustainability as the main reason.
If you feel sick on board a Eurowings aircraft, you’ll need luck with your seat choice or attentive seat mates. Lufthansa’s low cost subsidiary has drastically reduced the number of air sickness bags on all its short- and medium-haul flights. While each passenger had previously found their own bag in the seat bag, the airline now only offers one bag per row.
Eurowings’ Airbus A320s and A319s have six seats per row. The airline now spends more than 80 percent less paper bags on these aircraft. The number of air sickness bags will also be reduced in LGW Bombardier Dash 8 flying for Eurowings, the news site Aviation Net Online reports. However, the measure is somewhat less drastic for regional aircraft. In the aircraft with four seats per row, the spit bags are still available in the two aisle seats.
Bags are rarely used
Eurowings confirmed the measure to aeroTELEGRAPH. According to a spokesperson, the «sustainability aspects» are the main reason for reducing the number of bags. The bags, according to the airline, are rarely used or often misused, for example to dispose of a single piece of chewing gum. The airline believes that the reduction will help avoid waste. Should the worst case happen and passengers need an air sick bag, the crew will help out at any time, the spokesman continued.
The rationing of the bags could, however, also be linked to cost-cutting measures. Due to dwindling profits, Eurowings has become a problem child in the Lufthansa Group this year. Following a profit warning in June, The group ordered the low-cost airline to implement a restructuring program to make it profitable again.