Airlines reduce food, drink services to combat spread of coronavirus


Major U.S. airlines are updating their food, drink and seating policies in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

After announcing last week it would suspend usual beverage service and instead offer only water and snacks, Southwest announced Tuesday it would be “temporarily suspending all on-board beverage and snack service… until further notice” beginning Wednesday, Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish told USA TODAY.

Flyers will be able to request unopened cans of water on the flight or can still bring their own water and soft drinks as long as they purchase them or fill up at water stations post-security.

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